Ex­plo­sion de­stroys house

Central Leader - - RADIOLOGY - CRAIG HOYLE

Neigh­bours heard scream­ing as a cen­tral Auck­land house was blown apart in an ex­plo­sion on Tues­day morn­ing.

Two peo­ple were burned in the blast at Mary Dreaver St in New Wind­sor - po­lice said a woman was taken to Mid­dle­more Hospi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion, and a man with mod­er­ate in­juries was taken to Auck­land Hospi­tal.

Nearby res­i­dent Hemant Parikh posted on Face­book it sounded like a bomb had gone off around 6am.

‘‘Wo­ken up by a big bang and hear­ing peo­ple scream­ing this morn­ing,’’ Parikh said.

Dave Wood, se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer from Avon­dale fire sta­tion, said the force of the ex­plo­sion ‘‘ripped the house apart’’.

‘‘It was quite a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion, and it blew the walls about 10 me­tres,’’ he said.

‘‘It blew the roof off the house and just en­gulfed the house in flames.’’

Four trucks and 16 fire­fight­ers were at the scene beat­ing back flames and work­ing to pro­tect sur­round­ing prop­er­ties that were put at risk by the blaze.

Po­lice also at­tended and set up a cor­don around the house.

A hand­ful of homes on Mul­gan St, be­hind the fire, were tem­po­rar­ily evac­u­ated.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor Ja­son Gof­fin con­firmed the fire was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

It was pos­si­bly caused by a gas leak, he said.

CHRIS MCKEEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­ined the smoul­der­ing wreck­age on Tues­day morn­ing as they looked for the fire’s cause.

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