Woman injured and residents evacuated after gas explosion in Bletchley

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A woman was pulled from the wreckage of her home after a gas explosion in Bletchley yesterday afternoon.

It is believed the woman, 62, suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital and discharged. Up to 100 people from 57 homes were evacuated following the incident in Gairloch Avenue on the Lakes Estates, at 5.20pm yesterday.

This morning a number of people are out on the streets waiting for confirmation they can return to their homes.

Lauren Garvie, 14, who was in her house at the time of the explosion, said: “We heard a bang and the next thing we knew people were telling us we had to get out as quickly as possible. We grabbed anything we could get and got out to stay with some of my dad’s friends.

Residents were taken to Sycamore Hall in Drayton Road and cared for by the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency service volunteers.

Cathy Bland, MK Council leisure and community facility manager, was at Sycamore Hall with her team along with staff from MK Leisure, some of whom had been there all night.

Cathy said: “The atmosphere here is relatively calm and that’s what we want. For council house residents we have a housing officer here to give them advice and the team here have been given supplies from Bletchley Leisure Centre who have been amazing.”

Gas engineers worked all night to isolate a gas leak and make the area safe.

Officials from Southern Gas Networks, said: “Engineers from Southern Gas Networks were called to a property in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes yesterday afternoon following reports of an explosion. Our engineers can confirm the site is safe and secure. “We currently remain on site carrying out a full investigation. Until these investigations have been undertaken, it is too early to speculate as to what has happened.”

Two appliances and crews from Bletchley attended, along with the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle, based at Bletchley Fire Station, and a number of officers.

Relief crews from Great Holm and Broughton remained at the scene until about 3.30am.

A 100-metre hazard zone was set up.

Station manager Jeremy Williams, said: “Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s primary concern was for the safety and welfare of local residents, and members of agencies who had to work within the hazardous area.

“There was also concern for the structural integrity of the property.”

It’s believed Health & Safety officials are at the scene working with investigators to try to ascertain what caused the explosion.