Devon house explosion blast man 'in stable condition'

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image captionWalls were blown out and the roof blown off the house in the Barnstaple blast

A man who was in a critical condition after an explosion in north Devon is now stable, a hospital says.

Two men were hurt in the blast at the converted coach house in Litchdon Street in Barnstaple on Monday.

Both were taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea to be treated for burns but are both now stable, the hospital said.

Police in Barnstaple are continuing to investigate the cause of the blast which was so powerful that debris was found 1,000ft (300m) away.

The coach house was in the back garden of Cherry Trees, a house owned by Guinness Care and Support.

The organisation houses people with mental health support needs.

Walls were blown out and the roof blown off the house in the blast.

Surrounding homes were evacuated and three roads were closed. Some homes suffered damage including broken windows.

The injured men were initially taken to North Devon District Hospital, but were transferred to Morriston Hospital, which has a specialist burns and plastic surgery unit.

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