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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Woman dies from injuries sustained in Birstall home blast

A woman who was in a critical condition in hospital after a house was destroyed in a suspected gas blast has died.

One man is receiving treatment in hospital, while another has been discharged after the explosion reduced the home to rubble in Birstall, near Leicester, on Monday.

The woman died early on Tuesday, Leicestershire police said.

Emergency services confirmed everyone had been accounted for after Allington Drive was rocked by a loud blast at about 7.33am on Monday. Dozens of residents were evacuated from the area but have since been allowed to return.

Leicestershire fire and rescue service said there had been no report of a fire or a smell of gas before the incident.

The cause of the explosion, which also partly collapsed an adjoining house, is still under investigation but is thought to be "gas-related", the fire service said.

The force said those directly affected were aware of the disruption and immediate family of those involved had been informed.

Read the story in The Guardian