Neighbours managed to rescue a 36-year-old man and his four-year-old daughter from the remains of their home after a suspected gas explosion early on Tuesday morning.
The end-of-terrace house in Howards Grove, Shirley, Southampton was blown to bits by the blast at around 1.30am.
Both the father and daughter were discharged from Southampton General Hospital later on Tuesday after receiving treatment. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The girl’s mother is safe too as she was at work when the house exploded.
It was a miracle that they were pulled from the rubble alive, according to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager Steve Buchanan-Lee.
Four other properties in Howards Grove had to be evacuated after the explosion, which blew out many windows in the vicinity.
Neighbour heard ‘great bang’
Kevin Brook’s home was next door to the house that was destroyed. His house suffered major damage and he was fast asleep in his bed when the “great bang” woke him up.
Mr Brook said he couldn’t believe the devastation he saw when he looked out of his window. He saw rubble in the conservatory of the property, doors blown off, destroyed walls and a TV lying face down.
He described the scene as looking like the house had been given “one big shake” and said he was concerned about his neighbours but didn’t expect them to be pulled out alive.
Firefighters worked through the morning to make sure there would be no further collapses and the area was cordoned off to allow Southampton City Council and Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to investigate what caused the blast.
The gas workers made sure the supply to the property was isolated and maintained the gas supply to the other homes in and around Howards Grove.
Source: BBC News