London (February 26, 2018): Four people are in a critical condition in hospital after a suspected explosion destroyed a shop.Police declared a major incident after the blast in a street in Leicester on Sunday night.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said at around 7.03pm it received calls from the public who said they had heard a blast on Hinckley Road.Leicestershire Police tweeted: “There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester.
“All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed. Please avoid the area.”
Eye-witness Tahir Khan said: “I was driving past when it happened.“Loads of people were gathered and there was gas and flames coming out of the building.
“I looked on the road and half the building was on the road. Literally the whole of the side of the building had been blown out.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was like a Hollywood movie.”
BBC journalist John Alexander said: “I live about 80 yards away from where it happened.
“I felt a tremor, what felt like an earthquake shock and I heard a very low boom that sounded like a very very fast release of pressure.
“I thought my house was going to fall down on top of me and all my neighbours have said the same thing.“I saw one guy get pulled out and he’ll be very lucky if he wasn’t killed.” All four casualties were been taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, East Midlands Ambulance Service said.
A hazardous area response team and ambulance crews remain at the scene in Hinckley Road in the west of the city, it added.
“We checked on our children first and foremost and then we went outside.
“There is just an awful lot of smoke here at the moment and the whole area is cordoned off.”
She added that the shop on fire is usually open until about 9pm on a Sunday, and has a flat above it.
Leicester Royal Infirmary tweeted: “We can confirm that four patients from the scene have been taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary in a critical condition.”