Man and woman seriously injured in home 'gas explosion'

Man and woman seriously injured in home 'gas explosion'

October 22, 2021

Man and woman are seriously injured and dozens of homes evacuated as ‘gas’ explosion rips through home and fills sky with black smoke

  • Police and fire crews called to Nelson Avenue in Hampshire at just before 2pm  
  • Cosham, Portchester, Southsea, Havant and Emsworth firefighters are at scene
  • Road users and pedestrians are being urged to avoid the area at this time

A man and woman have been seriously injured and dozens of homes evacuated after a suspected gas explosion ripped through a house and filled a city skyline with black smoke on Friday.

Around 20 firefighters, three ambulance teams and an air ambulance raced to the street in Portsmouth following the ‘major’ incident which saw a terrace house engulfed in flames.

The two adults were rushed to hospital with ‘serious’ injuries and families living close to the blast have been evacuated to a nearby school.

Smoke plumes were seen rising from the house following the suspected gas explosion at the property while Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service warned Portsmouth homeowners to keep their windows shut.

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the force and other emergency services responded to a house fire on Nelson Avenue just before 2pm.

Shocked witnesses said flames were coming out of an upstairs window at the property and the explosion shook neighbouring houses on the next street.

Around 20 firefighters and four ambulance teams including an air ambulance raced to the street in Portsmouth following the ‘major’ incident which saw a terrace house engulfed in flames

Shocked witnesses said flames were coming out of an upstairs window at the property and the explosion shook neighbouring houses on the next street. Emergency crews are called after gas explosion in Portsmouth 

Kinga Koziol, 24, a resident on neighbouring Gladys Avenue, said firefighters used gardens of houses on her road to fight the fire in Nelson Avenue (Pictured: Fire fighters work to put out the flames)

Resident Paige Emery, 27, said: ‘I heard a proper loud bang – it was so loud and powerful it shook my whole house.

‘My housemate was banging on my bathroom door. He saw the fire and called the fire brigade, the fire took about 20 minutes to put out in total.’

Kinga Koziol, 24, a resident on neighbouring Gladys Avenue, said firefighters used gardens of houses on her road to fight the fire in Nelson Avenue.

The factory worker said: ‘People heard the explosion at around 2pm, I was on Gladys Avenue at 2.20pm.

‘The smoke was very big and strong so the fire was huge. Around five fire trucks tried to fight the fire.

‘All streets from Gladys Avenue were blocked… the residents of the closest houses were told to evacuate.’

Miss Koziol added: ‘Neighbours are saying two people, a man and woman, are seriously injured.

‘Neighbours are saying they heard a big bang, they didn’t know what was going on. A few seconds after they saw the fire.’

Smoke plumes were seen rising from the house following the suspected gas explosion at the property while Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service warned Portsmouth homeowners to keep their windows shut

Police and fire crews were called to Nelson Avenue in Hampshire at just before 2pm on Friday afternoon

A female worker at a nearby preschool said the mother of one of their children had walked past the house shortly after the explosion.

The woman, who said the nursery had not been evacuated, said: ‘One of our parents walked past shortly afterwards and flames were still coming out of the upstairs windows.

‘I heard it was a gas explosion.

‘Emergency services were there, including an air ambulance, and firefighters were battling it.

‘It’s all terrace houses along the road.

‘They evacuated the neighbouring houses.

‘From what I have heard, although it is just hearsay, I think they got everyone out. I really everyone is okay.

‘The mum heard people talking and thought someone said everyone had got out apart from a cat.’

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed two adults were today being treated for ‘serious injuries’.

She said: ‘The ambulance teams have been assessing and treating two patients – one male, one female, both adults – who are in a serious condition.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed two adults were today being treated for ‘serious injuries’ (Pictured: Fire fighters at the scene)

‘Both patients have been treated at the scene by all our crews and taken by ambulance accompanied by the ambulance crew and air ambulance crew, to University Hospital Southampton.’

She added: ‘We were called today at 1.55pm to Nelson Avenue to reports if a building explosion.

‘We have sent to the scene our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), four ambulance officers, two ambulance crews and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance who have been working in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Service, Hampshire Police, power companies and local authorities.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We were called at 1.54pm this afternoon (Friday 22 October) to a house fire at an address on Nelson Avenue, Portsmouth.

‘Officers are currently at the scene.

‘Road closures are in place on Nelson Avenue, Ophir Road, Oriel Road and Gladys Avenue from Northern Road up to North End Avenue.

‘The bottom of Cardiff Road, leading onto North End Road, is also closed.

‘We’re asking residents to please avoid the area at this time.

‘We will provide more information as soon as we can.’

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We are dealing with a large incident in Nelson Avenue, Portsmouth. Avoid the area and close windows as there is a lot of smoke in the area.’  

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