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

Explosion flattens family house in West Yorkshire as three people are rushed to hospital and neighbours say it shook the ground like an ‘earthquake’

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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‘Firefighters are likely to be on the scene for some time.2

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

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