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Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Six people injured in Leicester explosion that ripped through Londis and flats
Witnesses described people rushing to the scene of the incident to look for victims (Picture: SWNS)

A ‘search and rescue’ operation is continuing at the scene of a suspected explosion and subsequent fire which left six people injured, two of them critically.

Emergency services remain at the site of the blast in Leicester on Monday morning, after fire crews worked through the night digging through rubble and battling the blaze.

Police had declared a major incident on Sunday night, and six people were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Two were said to be in a critical condition while the other four were described as ‘walking wounded’.

Video taken at the scene on Hinckley Road shows flames billowing into the night sky as the fire engulfed what is believed to be a convenience store.

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The scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
Six people were injured in the explosion, two of them critically (Picture: PA/Aaron Chown)
Emergency personnel at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
A search and rescue operation is continuing this morning following the powerful blast in Leicester (Picture: PA/Aaron Chown)

One clip appeared to show emergency services rushing to help someone close to flames that were visible from a distance.

The building appears to have stood next to a shop called TJ’s Takeaway.

Andrew Brodie, the assistant chief fire officer for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted that conditions were ‘arduous’ for firefighters as they worked through a ‘bitterly cold night’.

But he praised their ‘tremendous effort’.

Speaking to Sky News, Kat Pattinson, who lives on the same road as the fire, told how her ‘whole house shook’ when the blast happened.

She added: ‘We checked on our children first and foremost and then we went outside.

Emergency personnel at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
Two were said to be in a critical condition while the other four were described as ‘walking wounded’ (Picture: PA/Aaron Chown)
Emergency personnel at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
Kat Pattinson, who lives on the same road as the fire, told how her ‘whole house shook’ when the blast happened (Picture: PA/Aaron Chown)
Emergency personnel load a small truck with debris at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
The building appears to have stood next to a shop called TJ’s Takeaway (Picture: PA)
Emergency personnel load a small truck with debris at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
There is very little left of the Londis store that once stood there (Picture: PA)
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The shop suffered a ‘pancake collapse’ in the blast (Picture: SWNS)
(Picture: Graeme Hudson) 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.
Emergency services are at the scene in Hinckley Road (Picture: Graeme Hudson)

‘There is just an awful lot of smoke here at the moment and the whole area is cordoned off.’

She added that the shop on fire is usually open until about 9pm on a Sunday, and has a flat above it.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said it began receiving calls from concerned members of the public at 7.03pm.

A spokeswoman said six fire engines had been requested and that the affected property was a two-floor building with a loft conversion that had suffered a ‘pancake collapse’.

Hinckley Road was closed between the junction with Woodville Road and Westcotes Drive, while Carlisle Street was also shut.

Witness Tahir Khan said: ‘I was driving past when it happened.

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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)

‘Loads of people were gathered and there was gas and flames coming out of the building.

‘I looked on the road and half the building was on the road. Literally the whole of the side of the building had been blown out.

‘I couldn’t believe it, it was like a Hollywood movie.’

BBC journalist John Alexander said: ‘I live about 80 yards away from where it happened.

(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)

‘I felt a tremor, what felt like an earthquake shock and I heard a very low boom that sounded like a very, very fast release of pressure.

‘I thought my house was going to fall down on top of me and all my neighbours have said the same thing.

‘I saw one guy get pulled out and he’ll be very lucky if he wasn’t killed.’

Police say an investigation will take place to establish the cause of the fire, but say there is currently no indication that it is terrorist-related.

(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: Cathy Brough/Facebook)

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