House blast leaves woman injured

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital with facial injuries tonight after an explosion, believed to be from a gas leak, in her Suffolk home.

Russell Claydon

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital with facial injuries tonight after a gas explosion in her home.

The drama unfolded at just after 7pm in Newmarket when emergency services were called to a residential property after reports of an explosion.

A middle aged woman, who was the only person in the Laureate Gardens property at the time, was injured in the blast and taken by ambulance to Addenbrookes' Hospital.


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An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the explosion, but it is believed to have stemmed from a gas leak.

The property, owned by Kings Forest Housing Association, suffered structural damage in the incident. A representative from the association and a building control officer from Forest Heath District Council were examining the dwelling tonight.

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A police spokesman said no-one had to be evacuated from the scene, although it was believed the incident happened in a terraced residential area.

Residents had watched on in horror as the occupant was put into an ambulance by paramedics.

Firefighters initially thought there had been a fire in the property, but masked crews wearing protective suits were stood down once it was established a single blast had occurred.

Transco engineers switched off the gas supply and checked the property over to ensure it was safe.

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