Swansea explosion destroys two houses: Major incident declared with over 100 people evacuated after ‘huge explosion’ following alleged gas explosion heard ‘five miles away’
- BREAKING: A house was destroyed in a huge explosion in Swansea, South Wales
- People who lived nearby reported that their windows rattled at the sound of the explosion.
One person is feared missing after two houses were destroyed in a huge explosion in south Wales that was heard over five miles away today.
Neighbors say at least 20 houses were damaged when the alleged gas explosion left the terraced street looking like “a war zone” with debris strewn across the street.
Locals say a man is missing but have no idea if he was at the house in Morriston, Swansea, at the time of the giant explosion.
Emergency services were called to the wreckage of the alleged gas explosion, with neighbors fearing that anyone trapped inside would be killed instantly.
People who lived nearby reported that windows rattled as the blast rocked the street, with more than 100 people evacuated.
A house was destroyed in a huge explosion heard more than five miles away today, when emergency services were called to examine the wreckage.
Fire, ambulance and police crews were called in to deal with the explosion which destroyed the end of the terraced house in Morriston, Swansea.
The house in Swansea photographed last year (left) and the scene of devastation on the site today (right)
One said: “It was a huge explosion, it shook the house and was heard for miles.”
The house on Clydach Road was destroyed along with damaged neighboring properties. Emergency services have not yet reported victims.
A neighbor said: ‘It’s a big mess. If there was someone in the house, he wouldn’t stand a chance.
Neighbor Gemma Evans, 33, said: ‘Everyone has been evacuated. Two of the houses just disappeared and we have no idea if anyone was inside at the time.
Emma Kavanagh wrote: ‘Felt like the last earthquake we had. I thought our chimney fell down!
A statement from South Wales Police said: ‘Emergency services are responding to an incident at the junction of Field Close and Clydach Road in Morriston. Please avoid the area while we deal with the incident.’
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: ‘A major incident has been declared following an alleged gas explosion in Morriston. Emergency teams are responding.
‘It is not known at this time if there are any injuries or deaths or people trapped in the rubble.
My thoughts are with the residents at this time.’
Locals say there are a large number of emergency services teams on the scene.
One house was completely destroyed as a result of the explosion, while the neighboring property was also partially destroyed.
The property at the end of the terrace was reduced to rubble seconds after the explosion.
The Morriston Town AFC football team has opened up their clubhouse for neighbors to keep warm after the horrific explosion.
A club spokesman said: “We are devastated to hear what happened at Clydach Road.
‘We really hope everyone is doing well. If there is anything we can do to help any of the local residents, please do not hesitate to contact us.
“We have just opened the club for any residents who just want to get in the warmth, have free tea/coffee etc. We send all our love to all concerned.”
Roads in the area have been closed and people are being asked to stay away from the area while emergency services work on the scene.
A team of gas engineers from Wales and West are on their way to the scene.
There is no confirmation that the emergency services are dealing with a gas explosion, but the team has been called in to help with the investigation.
South Wales Police received a call just after 11:20am this morning with a report of an explosion at a property at the junction of Clydach Road and Field Close in Morriston.
A spokeswoman said: “Emergency services are working on the scene and we are asking people to avoid the area so we can deal with this incident.”