Building explosion: latest from Leicestershire Police

Building explosion: latest from Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police initially asked the public to stay away from the road where the explosion happened while first responders tended to what was described as a "major incident".

"Electricity supply has been cut off for a number of properties in the Hinckley Road area while emergency services deal with the incident".

All four casualties were been taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, East Midlands Ambulance Service said.

A local hospital said four patients were in a critical condition and fifth person had also been brought in for treatment by police. Pictures showed flames rising from a building.

Eyewitnesses said there was thick smoke in the area.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said at around 7.03pm it received calls from the public who said they had heard a blast on Hinckley Road. "There are few shops there and it is surrounded by houses", she added.

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A spokeswoman said six fire engines had been requested and that the incident is now being treated as a search and rescue operation.

Video footage of the incident shows the building entirely engulfed in flames.

"We've got no indication of what the cause is at this moment", the spokeswoman said.

The Leicester Mercury said debris had been blown across the road in front of the site.

The fire service said the building is believed to have collapsed and it's not known if more people were injured or are trapped in the fire and rubble.

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