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Blast destroys homes in Scotland, four residents in critical condition

10:23, 20 October 2021
Blast destroys homes in Scotland, four residents in critical condition Photo: Peter Manning/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Massive blast happened at a residential area in Aye, Scotland at around 07:00 pm on Monday.

Four people were reported to have been harmed due to the serious explosion at a South Ayrshire residential neighborhood in Kincaidston. The injured individuals were immediately admitted to a hospital as soon as the emergency services approached the area. Two adults and two children, injured by the blast, were reported to have been in serious condition.

Police reported that four homes were affected by the sudden blast while a witness said one of the impacted houses has been completely obliterated.

Witnesses said the explosion was heard miles away from its epicenter.

Councillor for Ayr East, Chris Cullen, told BBC that the blast occurred due to the gas.

All the residents in the vicinity of the impacted area were ordered to leave their houses for safety.

Asked to describe the place of the blast, Cullens said: “It is quite harrowing actually. Early yesterday evening there was a row of houses and now there is a hole.”

Cullens added that if gas was not capped, the residents wouldn’t be allowed to return back to their homes, even if it would take several days to grant safety. 

Numerous emergency services along with hardware, including an air ambulance were deployed to an area.

Those who have been evacuated would be provided with a temporary shelter before they will be allowed to come back.

Doorbell camera of one of the residents captured the moment of an explosion.

One of the eateries nearby offered an assistance for those who were affected by providing with food and drinks.

BBC Scotland reporter Martin Smedley, who was present at the scene said there was a massive gathering of Gas services while the area was cordoned off. Later, the residents were allowed to return as the Gas services reported that the gas had been sealed.

The humanitarian assistance has been opened to those who suffered from the incident. Those who are staying in the shelters were given various supplies like water and food.

The local community, along with businesses and other joiners pledged to help residents secure their properties.