AN ELDERLY woman has been rushed to hospital after a suspected gas explosion.
The public has been warned to avoid the Kylemore Park area in Derry, Northern Ireland.
The pensioner was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they received a report of a gas explosion at 11.53am today.
A spokesperson said: “NIAS dispatched one Emergency Crew to the incident. Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital.”
Police said they were also at the scene and said they would provide further updates in due course.
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“We will continue to support the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in their investigation,” an officer said.
Sinn Fein councillor Conor Heaney, who has visited the scene, said the house was “extensively damaged and not structurally sound”.
He said the woman who was injured was elderly.
He told BBC NI: “Neighbours broke down her door and administered first aid and removed her from the property.
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“A nurse across the street helped her.”
Social Democratic and Labour Party councillor Shauna Cusack said in a Facebook post: “Just been to the scene in Kylemore. It’s worse than what was intially thought with the elderly lady taken to hospital. Thoughts and prayers with her and her family that she is okay.”