Huge 'gas explosion' destroys house trapping people inside

A number of people have been rescued from a flaming house after an explosion ripped through the property.

Residents reported hearing an explosion that shook the street in Ashford, Kent, shortly before 8am on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene and have so far managed to free several people who were trapped inside. It is not known how many properties have been affected.

Police do not know if anyone is still inside the property, in Mill View, Willesborough, which one resident said had been left completely destroyed.

Video footage shows huge flames engulfing a property as officers attempt to keep bystanders back.

Sharing the footage on Twitter, one local resident wrote: ‘Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone’.

Another resident said: ‘It looks like just one house is on fire. There is debris absolutely everywhere.’

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A police spokesman said: ‘Officers from Kent Police are currently working alongside colleagues from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service after being called to a report of an explosion in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford at 7.57am on Tuesday.

‘A number of people were reported to have been trapped and they were freed by emergency services.

‘Officers are working to establish if anyone else is unaccounted for.

‘Officers are advising people to avoid the area and asking local people to keep their windows closed.’

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it remains at the scene of ‘a house fire following a reported explosion’.

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