I HEARD AN ALMIGHTY BANG...
Injured occupants taken to hospital as 35 firefighters race to scene
NEIGHBOURS tell of shock as house destroyed in gas explosion
A HOUSE was destroyed and its inhabitants hospitalised after a gas leak from a portable heater.
The two storey home, in Old Watery Lane, Wooburn Green, near to Beaconsfield, was blown up on Sunday shortly before 5.30pm.
Fire crews from four fire stations were called to the site and rescued a man from the end of terrace house.
A woman was already out of the house when they arrived and both were taken to hospital.
At its peak, there were around 35 firefighters from Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Aylesbury at the incident.
Fire fighters used jets of water to bring the blaze under control and remained at the site overnight.
They also set up a cordon and five houses nearby were evacuated as a precaution.
The condition of the two injured people is not currently known.
On Monday, an investigation into the cause of the incident was started, and it was later announced that the explosion was caused by a gas leak from a portable heater.
One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard an almighty bang and I had no idea at all what it could be.
“I went outside and could see smoke but I never thought that someone’s house would have been destroyed.
“I didn’t see what had happened at first but I have now, and the house has been pretty much taken away completely. It’s unbelievable.”
He added: “It’s quite worrying.
“You don’t think that anything in your house could cause such a massive explosion.
“I don’t know the people who live there but I hope they’re OK.
“It must be terrible for them to have lost their home.
“I’ve no idea what you’d do in that situation.”
It has not yet been announced when people in neighbouring properties will be allowed to return to their homes.
The house in Wooburn Green was blown apart in the blast