A resident said on Twitter that she heard a “big boom”. A video from the scene shows debris on the floor and damage to a building.
It has now been confirmed that the homeowner who was in the house at the time of the explosion has been taken to hospital. The cause of the explosion is not yet known but engineers from gas network company SGN are carrying out essential checks to make sure everyone in the area is safe.
Following the shocking incident, a woman in her early 50s was rushed to hospital in an ambulance while her neighbours were evacuated from the scene. Local witnesses said they’d heard a “big boom” that shook homes, before seeing others bravely helping the stricken woman out from beneath the debris.
Writing on social media, they said: “[It] happened at about 9.40 am this morning. I heard a big boom, came outside and some guys were already in there helping the lady who lives there! She was trapped under rubble.”
Another added: “Thank god for Mike who bravely went inside the property, we heard him shouting for help so my daughter and I went to help and called emergency services.”
Katie Lobban, spokesperson for SGN, said: “Following reports of an explosion in Gunville Crescent, Bournemouth, our engineers joined the emergency services on site earlier this morning. We understand the homeowner who was in the house at the time has been taken to hospital, our thoughts are with them.
“It’s too early to speculate as to what has happened, and we are working closely with the authorities to help discover the cause. Our engineers are carrying out essential checks to make the situation safe for the local community.”
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: “We received a call at 9.51am this morning following a reported explosion on Gunville Crescent, Bournemouth. Crews from Redhill Park, Springbourne and Poole attended the multi-agency incident alongside police, ambulance and SGN.
“Our stop came in at 11.57am. We will be leaving the scene soon, but will continue to support the investigation into what has happened.”
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