Leicester police have declared a ‘major incident’ after a ‘massive explosion’ at a shop this evening.
According to The Mirror, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a search and rescue operation is under way, after flames erupted from a property in Hinckley Road at around 7.10pm.
The Polish shop where the incident occurred was behind a bus stop, with a flat or other property above it.
#UPDATE #explosion on #hinckleyroad in #leicester. The Polish shop next to the bus stop has blown up. Avoid the area. Roads closed and lots of sirens in attendance. Smoke everywhere. pic.twitter.com/0os9RxjAsg
— applepearmamabear (@applepearmama) February 25, 2018
According to the BBC, a Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:
This is a search and rescue at the moment. It is unknown if people are injured or trapped.
The affected property was a two floor building with a loft conversion which had suffered a ‘pancake collapse, she added.
The cause of the blaze is currently unknown.
At the time of writing, flames are reaching higher than where the building stood and can be seen for miles.
| Major Incident |
19:19 |There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) February 25, 2018
Alpana Marwaha, who lives nearby, said:
I heard a bang and the house shook. We could see the flames.
You can still see the smoke coming, and the emergency services. There are few shops there and it is surrounded by houses.
Leicestershire Fire Service confirmed they’ve been called to a building collapse, with Leicestershire Police declaring it a ‘major incident’, advising people to avoid the area.