The explosion takes down the family home in West Yorkshire as three people are rushed to the hospital and neighbors say it shook the ground like an earthquake.
- Three people rushed to hospital after an explosion in Illingworth, near Halifax
- The explosion destroyed one building, but the residents of six other houses also fled their homes
- Rescue services and units from several fire stations were called on site
Three people were hospitalized after an explosion that destroyed a home and started a massive fire.
Emergency services and several fire stations were called on site shortly before 7:40 a.m. in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The explosion, which according to witnesses shook houses like an earthquake, destroyed one building, but the residents of six surrounding houses also had to flee their homes for safety reasons.
All people were considered, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed.
Emergency services and units from several fire stations were called on site just before 7:40 a.m. in Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, today
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 spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The crews are dealing with remaining fire bags which will be extinguished if they appear.
"Firefighters will likely be on site for some time."
The explosion destroyed a building, but the residents of six surrounding houses also had to flee their homes for security reasons
He added: "The investigation into the cause of the explosion continues."
After the explosion, the neighbors started collecting donations on Facebook for those involved.
"We in the Illingworth community should all get 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.