Ayr explosion: four people, including two children, rushed to hospital after house explosion

October 18, 2021, 21:08 | Updated: October 19, 2021, 12:55 AM

Three people were injured in the explosion.

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Two adults and two children were rushed to hospital after an explosion destroyed a house in Ayr, the blast being heard for miles around.

Residents were evacuated from part of the Kincaidston area following Monday night’s incident.

Social media users said they heard the explosion from miles away, while images shared online showed at least one badly damaged house with debris strewn across the street.

Scottish police said investigations were continuing into the cause of the explosion.

In a statement, the force said four homes were affected by the blast, with “a number of locals evacuated” and two rest centers set up to help.

Emergency services were called to Gorse Park at around 7:10 p.m., police said, adding that local road closures were in place and the public had been urged to avoid the area.

“Two adults and two children were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock,” police said.

Euan Bryson, who lives in the adjacent housing estate, tweeted a video showing a fire truck on a smoky street in the aftermath of the explosion.

He said: “It was chaotic. There was personal property and rubble all over the stage.

“The video below doesn’t even do the smoke justice. You could barely make out the faces of the people.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 7.16pm to witness an incident in Gorse Park, Ayr, alongside the Scottish Police and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“We have dispatched a number of assets to the scene, including three specialized operations vehicles, six ambulances and an air ambulance.”

The gas distribution company SGN was helping the emergency services.

A spokesperson said: “Our engineers are currently assisting the emergency services to ensure the safety of the immediate surroundings in our role of gas emergency service.”

Firefighters said they were working to put out a fire in a house.

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