Man burned in gas explosion

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A man needed treatment for burns after a gas explosion at his home in Preston.

The casualty and his next-door neighbour had to be evacuated after the blast tore through the lounge of a terraced house in Robin Street, Ribbleton.

Gas engineers were called to the property to cut off the supply after the explosion in a fire and back boiler blew upwards, damaging a chimney stack.

“It was a shared chimney and there was debris on both roofs,” said a spokesperson for Community Gateway Housing which owns the next-door property.

“We offered to put our tenant in a hotel as a precaution until the work was finished, but they chose to stay with relatives instead.”

A National Grid spokesperson added: “The tenant of one house had some minor burns as a result of the explosion.”

An investigation is continuing into the cause of the blast.