Two people die after fire and ‘explosions’ at house in Suffolk

Two people die after fire and ‘explosions’ at house in Suffolk

Two people have died in fire and ‘multiple explosions’ as suspected gas blast destroys house in Suffolk

  • Two people died following a fire and reports of explosions in Lidgate, Suffolk 
  • Earlier people had been declared missing following a suspected gas blast 
  • Emergency services were called to the scene just after 12.15pm on May 7 
  • Firefighter at the scene said the rear of the property was totally destroyed by fire

Two people have died following a suspected gas blast at a bungalow in Suffolk.    

A firefighter at the scene had said the rear of the property on The Street in Lidgate, near Newmarket, had been ‘totally destroyed’ by fire, and police were contacted just after 12.15pm to reports of multiple explosions. 

Suffolk Police said the cause of the blast is currently unknown but a joint investigation between police and the fire service was taking place.  

A spokesperson said: ‘The building has sustained significant structural damage and utility companies have attended the area to ensure the safety of local residents.

Emergency services were called to the scene in the village of Lidgate, just after 12.15pm on May 7

‘The cause of the explosions is currently unknown and a joint police and fire investigation into this incident is now taking place.

‘Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 122 of 7 May.’

Earlier two people had been reported missing, following the blaze. 

A firefighter who attended the scene said: ‘Three fire engines responded to this and they were faced with multiple explosions in the rear of the property and there was severe structural damage to the property.

Police and fire services had advised people to avoid the area if possible while they continue to work at the scene

A firefighter at the scene had said ‘the rear of the bungalow is totally destroyed by the fire’ (pictured: Emergency services near the scene)

‘It was quite a big bungalow… and the rear of the bungalow is totally destroyed by the fire.’

Police and fire services had advised people to avoid the area if possible while they continue to work at the scene.  

A road closure was put in place on The Street at Lidgate and the junction of the B1063.

A spokeswoman from Suffolk County Council had said: ‘There are two people unaccounted for. We don’t know if they are away or if they were in the house.’ 

A search dog was spotted at the scene.

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