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‘Gas explosion’ sees house engulfed in flames with people trapped inside

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A house in Ashford, Kent is engulfed in flames following reports of a gas explosion that saw people trapped inside the burning building.

Neighbours in Willesborough reported hearing a "loud bang" early on Tuesday morning and rushed outdoors to see the fire.

A "number of people" were trapped inside the house but thankfully have since been freed by emergency services.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers from Kent Police are currently working alongside colleagues from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service after being called to a report of an explosion in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford at 7.57am on Tuesday.

"A number of people were reported to have been trapped and they were freed by emergency services.

"Officers are working to establish if anyone else is unaccounted for.

"Officers are advising people to avoid the area and asking local people to keep their windows closed."

Harrowing footage posted to social media shows a masked police officer directing residents away from the scene, with billowing orange flames and smoke visible behind him.

Debris can be seen scattered across the road.

"Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone," a local Twitter user said.

Emergency workers from Kent Fire and Rescue Service were scrambled to the scene after the incident was reported just before 8am on Tuesday morning.

A fire spokesperson said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a house fire following a reported explosion in Mill View, in Willesborough, Ashford.

"Four fire engines are in attendance."

It's not yet known if anyone was injured.

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