Three people were hospitalized and residents evacuated from their properties after an explosion set a family home on fire and shook the ground like an "earthquake".
Ambulance services and multiple fire stations had to fight the fire after being called to the scene shortly before 7:40 a.m. today in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The blast hit the family home, forcing residents, including a 98-year-old, in six surrounding homes, to vacate their properties for security reasons.
The three people were treated at the crime scene on Green Lane before being taken to hospital for further treatment. The extent of their injuries has not been confirmed.
According to local reports, a couple lived on the property with their son.
Shortly after 1 p.m., West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services announced the fire had been extinguished and local firefighters made the area safe while investigations into the cause of the explosion continued.
Local, 37-year-old Candice Nevison said she saw someone jump out of the window of the burnt house, while at 7:45 a.m. this morning saw another person run out of the burning building.
An old woman who lived in a house next door was also seen walking over a man's shoulder before 999 crews reached the chaotic scene.
Ambulance services were called in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, shortly before 7:40 a.m. today following an explosion at the family home
Firefighters who have worked with the West Yorkshire Police and Yorks Ambulance, Calderdale Council, are fighting the fire in Illingworth, near Halifax
Large flames went through the house this morning and the explosion could be heard more than three miles away, according to residents
The three people were treated at the scene of the crime on Green Lane in Illingworth, Halifax, before being taken to hospital for further treatment
Ms. Nevison, whose mother lives across the street, said the explosion was so massive she thought it was her own home.
The mother of two children said: & # 39; It sounded like there was a massive bang and it felt like something had fallen on my head.
“The impact was so extreme that I thought my own house was going to collapse. I was scared because it was so loud and my mother lived right on this street. I looked out and there was a massive fire.
"Fortunately, my mother was evacuated as one of the six houses and is fine."
She added, “I saw people running out of the house around 7:45 am. I saw one person jump out of the window while another person carried an old lady over their shoulder.
“You just don't expect something like this to happen. I've never seen or heard anything like it. & # 39;
Another neighbor, who described the massive explosion as "surreal", was told that three people on the property had been hospitalized with burns.
Colin Stone, 56, said, “I just got out because I thought my house had exploded. The whole street thought so – it was surreal. We were told by firefighters that they had been taken to hospital with burns. I hope you are doing well. & # 39;
Benjamin Bush, manager of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Group, said she was not ruling out the possibility that a gas leak caused the explosion.
However, he said it was too early to determine the cause, and efforts were focused on securing the area after "extensive and significant damage" caused by the explosion and subsequent fire.
Mr Bush said an elderly lady and two others who were in the house were being looked after by a neighbor after escaping the collapsing building upon arrival.
Mr. Bush added, “We don't yet know what caused the fire. We were called in for reports of an explosion and sent four fire engines, which is our standard protocol. There was extensive and significant damage to the building when we arrived.
An elderly woman was looked at by a neighbor, but everyone had fled when we arrived.
"Fortunately, they all got out and are now recovering in the hospital."
One resident said he received a call from his mother in Bradshaw, about a mile from where the explosion occurred, after hearing a "huge bang".
The circumstances of the explosion are still unknown, but Michael Dunn said the explosion could be "heard and felt" in Denholm, about 3.5 miles from the scene.
Mr. Dunn said, “I just had a call from my mother in Bradshaw and I heard a huge bang like an explosion upstairs that was called to see if everything was okay.
"There were emergency services everywhere, and five minutes' walk away this house was gone, it was heard and felt in Denholm."
Today aerial photos showed the devastating damage caused by the explosion, which could be heard more than three miles away and which "disappeared" an entire house.
Footage from the scene revealed clouds of smoke in the air and debris scattered across the street as firefighters tried to control the "remaining fire bags" at the scene.
Shortly after the explosion, a resident used social media to write, "I'm only half awake, but either something nearby exploded or we had an earthquake."
The fire department is working with West Yorkshire Police and Yorks Ambulance, Calderdale Council and utilities to deal with the aftermath of the explosion.
Crews from Fairweather Green, Halifax and Odsal with special forces from Cleckheaton and Dewsbury took part in the incident.
A large cordon also remains in place, and the fire department said the crews will likely be on site for some time.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services said this morning, “The fire on Green Lane in Illingworth has now been extinguished and firefighters who are still on site are currently making the area safe.
Police and rescue teams were able to put out the fire just after 1 p.m. today and stay on site to keep the area safe
A cordon remains in place at the crime scene as the investigation into the cause of the explosion in Halifax continues this morning
Debris was left scattered on the road following the explosion in the Illingworth area of Halifax this morning that injured three people
Firefighters have tried to secure the area after "extensive and significant damage" caused by the explosion and subsequent fire
The explosion destroyed a building, but the residents of six surrounding houses also had to flee their homes for security reasons
The crews continue to work with partner agencies including the police, Calderdale Council, utilities, and the health and safety officer.
The investigation into the cause of the explosion continues.
They are working with police, ambulance, local government and utilities to deal with an explosion in a home.
Three people were treated and are now being hospitalized. All other people are taken into account.
& # 39; The incident was originally accompanied by fire trucks from Fairweather Green, Halifax and Odsal with special forces from Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.
The crews are dealing with remaining fire bags and will be extinguished if they appear. Firefighters will likely be on site for some time.
& # 39; The incident affected one building and six surrounding houses were evacuated for security reasons. & # 39;
The northern gas network tweeted: & # 39; Our engineers are currently participating in an incident on Green Lane, #Illingworth #Halifax. They are working with @WYFRS @WestYorksPolice @Calderdale to ensure the area is safe and to determine the cause of the incident. & # 39;
A local resident said on Twitter: “Felt the explosion! I thought something had hit the house and didn't notice the flames on the way up until I checked everything. The fire seems to be outside now. & # 39;
Police cars and firefighters fight the fire that forced residents of six surrounding houses to flee their properties
Residents were in shock when the family home in Halifax was ravaged by flames this morning. It is not clear what caused the explosion
Firemen stormed the scene this morning after an explosion started a massive fire in an apartment building
And another person whose father had been evacuated wrote, “It's crazy how everyone is fine. How do you expect such an explosion and get out on time ??? My father was evacuated. I hope to be back later today. & # 39;
After the explosion, the neighbors started fundraising campaigns on Facebook for those involved in the fire.
"We in the Illingworth community should all come together and support this family as best we can. Let's get this community support going as soon as possible," wrote one member of the public.
Some offered to donate clothing and food to the family through local businesses and charities.
One person added, “Does anyone know what is needed, etc. I don't live far away when. We can definitely help! & # 39;