Yorkshire house explosion: At least one casualty as whole home destroyed in Haxby

Video shows home completely gone and windows of neighbours' houses blown out

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A house has been destroyed by a suspected gas explosion with one confirmed casualty.

Emergency services attended the detached building in Haxby, near York, which was reduced to rubble and nearby properties badly damaged.

People in the street said they did not believe anyone was in the house at the time.

North Yorkshire Police said nearby residents had been evacuated and there was at least one casualty.

They said they believed the cause to be a gas explosion but this had not yet been confirmed yet.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Emergency services are at the scene of an explosion at a property in Springwood, Haxby near York.

"Extensive damage has been caused to one house and a number of others in the area are also damaged.

"Local residents have been evacuated and a rest centre has been set up at Haxby Memorial Hall for those affected.

"The explosion was reported to North Yorkshire Police at 7.30am today.

"There is at least one casualty, however, we are unable to provide any further information regarding casualties at this stage."

An area around the scene of the blast was cordoned off and a relief centre has been set up in Haxby Memorial Hall for people forced to leave their homes.