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Two people dead in Garforth house blaze

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Image caption Firefighters were called to Farfield Court in Garforth just after 18:30 BST

Two people have died in a fire at a house near Leeds.

Firefighters were called to Farfield Court in Garforth just after 18:30 BST.

West Yorkshire Police said one person was pronounced dead at the scene and that a man was taken to hospital with serious burns but later died.

The initial call to the emergency services reported a "fire, possibly an explosion". Four fire crews were sent to the scene and managed to contain the spread of the blaze.

Image caption Steve Bradley said he saw a window blow out and 'unbelievably' black smoke

Neighbours have been evacuated from their homes.

The gas board has been at the scene.

Eyewitness Steve Bradley said: "I first saw the people rushing down our street.

"I saw what I thought was the garage at the back on fire, then all of a sudden you could see it was the house.

"The smoke that was coming out was unbelievably black. Then one of the windows blew out.

"It looked like roaring gas flames coming out of the window and with that, the fire engines started arriving, fortunately.

"I've never seen anything like that in my life before."

Det Ch Insp Paul Fountain, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are working closely with the fire service to establish the cause of this incident, which has left two people dead."

He said inquiries were at an early stage but asked anyone with any information to contact Leeds CID.

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