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A young child has died after a suspected gas explosion in Heysham ‘destroys three homes’

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A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion which reportedly destroyed up to three terraced houses in Heysham, Lancashire.

Lancashire Police said they had been called at 2.40am to the scene of the explosion after reports “a number” of houses on Mallowdale Avenue had collapsed.

Suspected gas explosion in Lancashire ‘destroys three homes’

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  • A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion which reportedly destroyed up to three terraced houses in Heysham, Lancashire.
  • Lancashire Police said they had been called at 2.40am to the scene of the explosion after reports “a number” of houses on Mallowdale Avenue had collapsed.
  • In a statement, the force said: “We are currently at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham.
  • “We were called at 2.40am… to reports that a number of houses on the road had collapsed.

Boy killed in explosion named

George Arthur HindsGeorge Arthur Hinds
George Arthur Hinds | Lancashire Police

The parents of a little boy killed in today’s gas explosion in Heysham have paid an emotional tribute to their son.

Full story here

Fundraiser launched

A go fund me page set up for residents of Mallowdale Avenue in Heysham after a deadly suspected gas explosion has raised over £13k in a few hours.

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Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is currently open as an evacuation centre for any residents who have been affected by this morning’s tragic incident in Heysham. Anyone who requires support can contact Lancaster City Council on 01524 582000 or 01524 67099.

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Emergency workers at the scene of a suspected gas explosion, in which a young child was killed and two people were seriously injured, on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which caused 2 houses to collapse and badly damaged another.Emergency workers at the scene of a suspected gas explosion, in which a young child was killed and two people were seriously injured, on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which caused 2 houses to collapse and badly damaged another.
Emergency workers at the scene of a suspected gas explosion, in which a young child was killed and two people were seriously injured, on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which caused 2 houses to collapse and badly damaged another. | PA

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There is a gallery of more pictures from the scene online here

Parked cars were also wrecked in the explosionParked cars were also wrecked in the explosion
Parked cars were also wrecked in the explosion | jpi

A scene of devastation in HeyshamA scene of devastation in Heysham
A scene of devastation in Heysham | SWNS

Police have held a press conference in Heysham:

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