Cambridgeshire

One person dies in 'gas explosion' at bungalow in Eye

The destroyed bungalow
Image caption Emergency services were called to the bungalow at about 20:30 on Thursday

One person has died in a house fire after a suspected a gas explosion.

Emergency services were called to a bungalow on Back Lane in Eye, Cambridgeshire, at about 20:30 GMT on Thursday.

Witnesses said they could smell gas and described the "frightening" moment that windows of neighbouring properties were smashed to save others nearby.

The fire service said the cause was still being investigated but that they could not rule out gas was involved.

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Cambridgeshire Police, which described the incident as a gas explosion, said it was "not suspicious".

The force said it was waiting for a structural engineer to make the building safe before they could access the building and recover the body.

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Image caption One person died in the incident

Mark Shortland, who lives in a neighbouring property, said he helped rescue residents from other properties in the block of three bungalows.

"There was a whoosh and a bang. When I looked, you could see the wall was out and there was rubble on the floor.

"Your first thought is to make sure everyone is safe.

"We made our way to the block of bungalows and got a lady in one property close by out. We had to smash a window to get another resident in the adjoining bungalow out.

"Unfortunately, you just couldn't get into the affected property," he said.

Image caption Neighbour Mark Shortland said he could smell gas and heard a "whoosh and a bang"

Mr Shortland added: "It was frightening. My kids were terrified."

Fire crews said they arrived to a "well-developed" fire.

Station commander Gavin Hammond said: "There's been significant damage to the property, not just from a fire point of view, but from a structural perspective as well."

National Grid isolated the gas supply as a precaution.

A spokesman said the local network was checked but "no issues or faults were reported their end".

Image caption National Grid said there were "no issues reported" on the local gas network

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