Three people rushed to hospital as explosion rips through home in West Yorkshire leaving neighbours’ houses shaking

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Three people rushed to hospital as explosion rips through home in West Yorkshire leaving neighbours’ houses shaking.

Three people have been rushed to hospital this morning after an explosion ripped through a home in West Yorkshire this morning.

Emergency services were called to the Illingworth home as the home was consumed in a fireball just before 7.30am today.

Flames can be seen at the home this morning
Flames can be seen at the home this morning

A photograph shows rubble strewn around the street after the explosion in Illingworth this morning

A photograph shows rubble strewn around the street after the explosion in Illingworth this morning Credit: Ben Lack
A home appears to have been completely destroyed by the blast
A home appears to have been completely destroyed by the blast Credit: Ben Lack

Aerial photographs of the scene shows that one of the homes appears to have been completely destroyed in the blast as neighbours said the house had “disappeared” in just seconds.

Locals today said the force of the blast was so strong they thought it was an earthquake.

Three people were treated at the scene on Green Lane before being taken to hospital.

Shocking photographs have since emerged showing rubble strewn across the street, with smoke billowing into the air.

Michael Dunn lives about 3.5miles from the scene in Denholm and said it had been felt in the small village.

He said: “Just had a call from my mother in Bradshaw, she heard a huge bang like an explosion upstairs so called up to see if everything was okay.

“There were emergency services everywhere, and a five minute walk away this house had disappeared, it was heard and felt in Denholm.”

One local wrote on social media: “I thought it was an earthquake. Dogs were going mental.”

Another added: “We heard the bang and our windows all shook.”

It is not yet clear what sparked the explosion.

An aerial photograph shows the property turned to rubble
An aerial photograph shows the property turned to rubble Credit: Ben Lack
The blast caused a fireball
The blast caused a fireball Credit: Ben Lack
The explosion rattled nearby homes, with three people injured
The explosion rattled nearby homes, with three people injured Credit: Ben Lack
Locals said they thought it had been an earthquake
Locals said they thought it had been an earthquake

Locals have already banded together, suggesting a fundraiser for the people involved after the explosion unfolded just three weeks before Christmas.

Authorities confirmed no one else was missing at this time.

Fire crews are now working at the scene with West Yorkshire Police and utility services.

Firefighters are having to put out pockets of fire.

The incident affected one building and six surrounding houses have been evacuated as a safety precaution.

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