Woman rushed to hospital after gas explosion in home as shocking pics reveal carnage

Woman rushed to hospital after gas explosion in home as shocking pics reveal carnage

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.

One person has been taken to hospital following the suspected gas explosion
One person has been taken to hospital following the suspected gas explosionCredit: Press Eye
The property appears to have been badly damaged in the suspected blast
The property appears to have been badly damaged in the suspected blastCredit: Press Eye
Police and fire crews are at the scene
Police and fire crews are at the sceneCredit: Press Eye

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.”

Windows have been blown out and the roof damaged
Windows have been blown out and the roof damagedCredit: Facebook/Cllr Shauna Cusack
Debris from the apparent blast litters the garden
Debris from the apparent blast litters the gardenCredit: Facebook/Cllr Shauna Cusack
The person was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital
The person was treated at the scene before being taken to hospitalCredit: Press Eye
The emergency services were called shortly before noon today
The emergency services were called shortly before noon todayCredit: Press Eye

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