Panicked neighbors jumped out the window as two people were seriously injured in an explosion near their home, with some reporting “burning.”
Residents of Ealingworth, West Yorkshire, say they think there was an “earthquake” about a mile away when a house collapsed after an explosion heard three miles away.
A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said. Another woman was seriously injured in the incident.
Local resident and mom-of-two Candice Navison (3,) said she thinks her own home has collapsed because of the harsh tone that was on Green Lane.
He described how a man slammed their window “into the flames” after the explosion around 7:45 pm on Saturday.
Another man fled the burning building, Ms Navison said, adding that his own mother was among those evacuated.
“It looked like a huge frog and it felt like something had fallen on my head,” he said.
“The impact was so extreme that I thought my own house was collapsing.
“I was terrified because it was so loud and my mother lived on that street.
“I looked outside and there was a huge fire.
“Thanks, my mom was removed as one of six houses and she’s fine.”
He added: “I saw people leaving the house at 4:45 in the morning.
“I saw one man jump out of the window and another man carrying an old woman on his shoulder.
“You don’t expect anything like that to happen.
“I’ve never seen or heard of it before.”
Another neighbor described the massive explosion as “surreal.”
He was informed that three members of the property had been burnt and taken to hospital.
Colin Stone (5.) says: “I just came out because I thought my house had exploded.
“The whole road thought so – it was surreal.
“We were told by the fire marshals that they had taken the burn to the hospital. I hope they are OK.”
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Manager Benji Bush said they were not ruling out the possibility that the gas leak could have caused the explosion.
However, he said it was too early to determine and focused on securing the area after the “extensive and significant damage” caused by the explosion and subsequent fires.
More than 30 firefighters were present at the scene, including four fire engines, support and an expert team.
Mr Bush said an elderly woman and two other neighbors had taken care of him when he arrived home.
The extent of their injuries is still unknown but they are currently recovering in hospital.
Mr Bush added: “We still don’t know what caused the fire.
“We were called upon to receive news of an explosion and four fire engines were dispatched which is our standard protocol.
“When we arrived, there was extensive and significant damage to the building.”
West Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Sarah Baker said: “The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and efforts are continuing to secure the area and support residents affected by what has happened.”