Police confirm body found after gas explosion in Swansea

Police have said the body of a man has been found after a gas explosion in Swansea today.

South Wales Police confirmed the news tonight after the major incident this afternoon.

A major incident was declared earlier today after the suspected gas explosion hospitalised three people.

The blast flattened one home and levelled most of the neighbouring house in Clydach Road, on the city’s outskirts, shortly after 11am on Monday.

Residents around Clydach Road, on the city’s outskirts, reported hearing a ‘huge bang’ before fleeing their homes.

The blast was so forceful people living a mile away said it ‘shook the house’ and rattled windows, while an avalanche of tweets reported a ‘huge bang’ heard up to eight miles away.

Fire crews from five different stations were scrambled to the scene and several people reported seeing an air ambulance in attendance.

The blast also appears to have blown out several windows and burned exterior fixtures on at least two more surrounding buildings.

Emergency services warned people to ‘avoid the area’ as the incident was still ‘ongoing’ this evening.

The sound was heard across a mile-wide radius, according to tweets from people claiming to live in the area.

Emma Kavanagh wrote: ‘Felt like the last earthquake we had. I thought our chimney had come down!’

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said earlier today: ‘At 11.20am on Monday, March 13th, crews from Morriston, Swansea West, Neath, Gorseinon and Port Talbot were called to an incident in Morriston following several reports of a gas explosion.

‘As well as Fire and Rescue Service Crews, South Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service are in attendance.’

South Wales Police have declared a major incident, no further information is available at this time.’

Leader of Swansea Council Rob Stewart said: ‘A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion in Morriston. Emergency teams are responding.

‘My thoughts are with residents at this time.’

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