Explosion flattens family house in West Yorkshire as three people are rushed to hospital

Three people have been rushed to hospital following an explosion that destroyed a house and sparked a massive fire.

Emergency services and units from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am today.  

The explosion, which shook homes like an ‘earthquake’ according to witnesses, destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution.

All people have been accounted for, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed.

Emergency services and units from from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am today

Emergency services and units from from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am today

Emergency services and units from from several fire stations were called to the scene in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, just before 7.40am today

The explosion destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution

The explosion destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution

The explosion destroyed one building, but residents in six surrounding houses were also forced to flee their homes as a safety precaution

The fire crews are working with West Yorkshire Police and Yorks Ambulance, Calderdale Council and utility companies to deal with the aftermath of the explosion.

The incident was initially attended by crews from Fairweather Green, Halifax and Odsal with specialist units from Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the explosion and crews are managing any ‘remaining pockets of fire’ at the scene.

The fire service said crews are likely to be on the scene for some time. 

A West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: ‘Crews are dealing with any remaining pockets of fire which are being extinguished should they appear.

Fire crews rushed to the scene this morning after an explosion sparked a massive fire

Fire crews rushed to the scene this morning after an explosion sparked a massive fire

Fire crews rushed to the scene this morning after an explosion sparked a massive fire

The emergency teams said they were dealing with 'remaining pockets of fire' at the scene

The emergency teams said they were dealing with 'remaining pockets of fire' at the scene

The emergency teams said they were dealing with ‘remaining pockets of fire’ at the scene

‘Firefighters are likely to be on the scene for some time.’

He added: ‘Investigations are continuing into the cause of the explosion.’

Following the blast, neighbours began a fundraising effort on Facebook for those involved.

‘We from the Illingworth community should all come together and support this family as much as we can … let’s get this community support going as soon as possible,’ wrote one member of the public.

Some offered to donate clothes and food to the family via local businesses and charities.

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