Explosion flattens shop: Four dead in 'major incident' in Leicester – media

09:52, 26 February 2018
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Six fire engines were sent to the scene after members of the public reported a large blast in the area at around 7pm on Sunday, Sky News reported.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were on their way to the scene when police told them a building had collapsed.

She said the two-storey building with a loft conversion – thought to be a Polish grocery shop with flats above it – suffered a "pancake collapse".

"This is a search and rescue at the moment," she said and added that there was "no indication" of the cause.

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The explosion is not believed to be terror-related.

Debris was blasted across both carriageways of the road after the explosion.

Police officers said nearby businesses and homes were quickly evacuated and occupants taken to a police station for their safety.

Leicestershire Police said: "The cause of the explosion will be the subject of a joint investigation by the police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

"Electricity supply has been cut off for a number of properties in the Hinckley Road area while emergency services deal with the incident."

A spokesman added that "at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related".

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