Three people have been rushed to hospital following an explosion that destroyed a house and sparked a massive fire today.
Emergency services and units from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am.
The explosion, which shook homes like an ‘earthquake’ according to witnesses, destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution.
All people have been accounted for, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed.
Today dramatic pictures showed the devastating damage caused by the explosion which could be heard more than three miles away and made an entire house ‘disappear’.
Emergency services and units from from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am today
The explosion destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution
One resident said he got a phone call from his mother in Bradshaw, about a mile from where the explosion after she heard a ‘huge bang’.
The circumstances surrounding the explosion are still unknown, but Michael Dunn said the blast could be ‘heard and felt’ in Denholm, roughly 3.5 miles from the scene.
Mr Dunn 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.’
The fire crews are working with West Yorkshire Police and Yorks Ambulance, Calderdale Council and utility companies to deal with the aftermath of the explosion.
The incident was initially attended by crews from Fairweather Green, Halifax and Odsal with specialist units from Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.
Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the explosion and crews are managing any ‘remaining pockets of fire’ at the scene.
The fire service said crews are likely to be on the scene for some time.
They also said crews have been working with police and ambulance services as well as the local authority and utility companies.
Fire crews rushed to the scene this morning after an explosion sparked a massive fire
The emergency teams said they were dealing with ‘remaining pockets of fire’ at the scene
A West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: ‘Crews are dealing with any remaining pockets of fire which are being extinguished should they appear.
‘Firefighters are likely to be on the scene for some time.’
He added: ‘Investigations are continuing into the cause of the explosion.’
Following the blast, neighbours began a fundraising effort on Facebook for those involved.
‘We from the Illingworth community should all come together and support this family as much as we can … let’s get this community support going as soon as possible,’ wrote one member of the public.
Some offered to donate clothes and food to the family via local businesses and charities.