Major Incident Declared As ‘loud Explosion’ Destroys Home In Swansea

A house has been destroyed in an apparent explosion along a residential street today in a horror fire service has declared a “major incident”.

Emergency services have urged members of the public to “avoid the area” following reports of a gas explosion in Swansea, south Wales. Residents across the city told how “windows shook” after the “loud explosion” was heard.

Images from a drone near the area show significant damage to a property. Debris is pictured strewn across a residential road. 

A statement from South Wales Police said: “Emergency services are responding to an incident on the junction of Field Close and Clydach Road in Morriston. Please avoid the area whilst we deal with the incident.”

Writing on Twitter, one city resident said: “I’m in Swansea Vale and it shook our window, a friend of mine heard it in Cimla.”

Another said: “That was an enormous loud bang.”

Speaking to Wales Online, one resident, who does not want to be named, said they “heard a bang, saw a gust of smoke and roof tiles from a house go up in the air”.

Alamgir Hossain, who lives opposite the scene, said: “Suddenly I heard a loud sound and we went out and then I saw a lot of damage to the house.”

Leanne Lewis, who was visiting her mother, said she ran outside when she heard the explosion and “saw all the debris”.

“There was dust rubble, and the glass in the windows next to the house were all blown. The noise was just horrendous and I thought there had been a big crash,” she said.

It has been reported that two people were pulled from one of the properties.

There is a large police presence at the scene which is near homes and businesses, Wales Online reports.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to reports of a gas exploison at 11.20am.

Crews from Morriston, Swansea West, Neath, Gorseinon and Port Talbot were called to an incident in Morriston following several reports of a gas explosion.

A statement said: “As well as Fire and Rescue Service Crews, South Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service are in attendance. South Wales Police have declared a major incident, no further information is available at this time. For more information, please contact South Wales Police.”

It is understood a team of engineers is on their way to the scene.

Leader of City & County of Swansea, Councillor Rob Stewart, tweeted: “My thoughts are with the residents at this moment from what looks like an extremely serious incident, as we try and establish if everyone is safe. Our teams are onsite and working with the emergency services.”

There is no confirmation that emergency services are dealing with a gas explosion but the team has been called to assist with the investigation.

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