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Four people in critical condition after explosion rips through shop in Leicester
Emergency services are at the scene in Hinckley Road (Picture: Graeme Hudson)

Four people have been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a huge explosion destroyed a shop in Leicester.

Towering flames could be seen erupting from the Londis store on Hinckley Road following the blast at about 7pm.

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Police have declared it a ‘major incident’ while firefighters said a search and rescue operation was under way.

Dramatic photos and videos posted on social media show witnesses standing on the other side of the road in shock while police officers frantically cordon off the area.

Fire crews said the building, consisting of the shop and a flat above, suffered a ‘pancake collapse’ due to the fireball.

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The shop suffered a ‘pancake collapse’ in the blast (Picture: SWNS)
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Witnesses described people rushing to the scene of the incident to look for victims (Picture: SWNS)

Debris was blasted across the road as the building, which is in a terrace of shops, was completely destroyed.

The cause of the incident remains unclear, although Leicestershire Police said that ‘at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related’.

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Firefighters are treating the incident as a search and rescue operation and six fire engines have been requested at the scene.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: ‘This is a search and rescue at the moment. It is unknown if people are injured or trapped.’

She added that the affected property was a two floor building with a loft conversion that had suffered a ‘pancake collapse’.

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Debris was scattered across the road by the explosion (Picture: SWNS)
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Firefighters were greeted with a wall of flame when they arrived at the scene (Picture: SWNS)
(Picture: Bethany Welford) There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
People could be seen watching the horrifying scene (Picture: Bethany Welford)

Houses nearby have been evacuated and the road is closed.

An eyewitness described how onlookers ran down the street and towards the rubble as they feared people were trapped inside.

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Jonny Halliwell told the Mirror: ‘People grabbed blankets and ran towards the fire to try to help people. There was rubble and shop fittings everywhere.

‘I saw people pulling up chunks of rubble and searching for people underneath.’

Emergency services received calls from members of the public who reported hearing a blast at about 7.03pm.

(Picture: Andrew Knapp/Twitter) There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
Firefighters are treating it as a search and rescue operation (Picture: Andrew Knapp/Twitter)
Londis and TJ's on Hinckley Road, Leicester (Picture: Google) There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
The scene of the incident on Hinckley Road in Leicester (Picture: Google)

Leicestershire Police have advised people to avoid the area while emergency services work at the scene.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said four people are in a critical condition and have been taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

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Doctors remain at the scene, while a hazardous material response team was also deployed.

It is not clear if anyone was inside the building at the time, or if those injured were outside or in a nearby property.

Many witnesses took to Twitter, with some saying there is a bus stop directly outside the building.

(Picture: Twitter) There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
The cause of the ‘explosion’ is not yet known (Picture: Facebook/Cathy Brough)

Lauren Girling tweeted: ‘Massive explosion near mine, apparently a shop has exploded and there’s rubble everywhere! Hopefully everyone’s ok!’

Stu Teasdale wrote: ‘The explosion on Hinckley Road doesn’t sound good. Fingers crossed everyone is okay.’

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Another local said: ‘Hearing there has been a gas explosion around the Hinckley Road area of #Leicester hope everyone is ok.’

Leicestershire Police said: ‘There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester.

‘All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed please avoid the area.’

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