Leicester England: Emergency services rush to scene of 'massive explosion'

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A major incident has been declared by police in Leicester after reports of an explosion in a street.

Six people have been rushed to hospital tonight, two in critical condition, after a convenience shop and flat in Leicester collapsed following a massive explosion.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed a search and rescue operation is under way after flames erupted from a property in Hinckley Road at around 7.10pm, as police declared a “major incident”.
At least six people were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, two in a critical condition, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust confirmed.
Four other casualties were “walking wounded”, the Trust added.
Just before 11pm, East Midlands Ambulance Service said six people were taken to hospital in what it described as a “tragic incident”.
It is unknown whether more people are injured or were trapped inside the building, said to be a former Londis store, which suffered a “pancake collapse”, the fire service said.
Police have urged people not to comment on the cause of the blast, which is under investigation in a joint operation with firefighters.
A massive explosion has rocked a building in Hinckley Road, Leicester.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene after the explosion at about 7pm.
The building to the left of TJs, near Hinckley Road post office, appears to have been reduced to blazing rubble.
Debris from the building has been blasted across both carriageways of Hinckley Road.
Convenience store and flat above are destroyed by huge explosion in Leicester.

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