Man rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after gas explosion

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after a reported gas explosion in Nottinghamshire.

Police received reports of a gas explosion at a house around 7.30am on Tuesday in Beeston Rylands.

The force confirmed that a man has been taken to Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment and his injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Residents described being woken by concerning loud noises and the sirens of fire engines.

Maria Farrara, 89, said she was in bed when she was woken by a sudden ‘rumbling’.

‘I didn’t know what to do,’ she said. ‘I looked around my house, I thought maybe the chimney was falling down.

‘I saw a fire engine arrive a few minutes later and then police.

‘They told me what happened. I never would have thought it was a gas explosion.

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‘It was a big shock and I still don’t feel right.’

Andrew Gibbs, 55, said he didn’t hear anything this morning but was alerted by the fire service.

He added: ‘I saw the fire engine arrive with blue flashing lights around 8am and then police came shortly after.

‘I only really know my close neighbours but it is usually a very quiet area.

‘I’m a bit shocked to hear it was an explosion to be honest, I thought it may have just been a small fire or something.’

Police officers remain at the scene.

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