Man in hospital after suspected gas explosion in East Kilbride

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The roof of the property was badly damaged

A 52-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a suspected gas explosion in South Lanarkshire.

Emergency services were called to a third floor flat in East Kilbride shortly after 11:20 on Monday.

A number of people were evacuated from the surrounding buildings on Main Street as a precaution.

Windows at the property appeared to have been blown out, and the roof was badly damaged.

Police originally said two people had been injured, but confirmed in a later statement that only one 52-year-old man had been hurt and had been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Emergency services remain on the scene."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue said they immediately mobilised six appliances and specialist rescue equipment after hearing reports of a building on fire.

A SFRS spokesperson said: "Crews remain in attendance as they work to make the building safe and road closures are in place."

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Emergency services were sent to the third floor flat in East Kilbride following reports of an "explosion"

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