In­jured oc­cu­pants taken to hos­pi­tal as 35 fire­fight­ers race to scene

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

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


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