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7 people injured in Ashford house explosion as police release more details

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Original article from Kent Live

Police say the cause of the explosion in Willesborough is yet to be established.

Two people have suffered serious injuries and taken to a London hospital.

A further five have been treated locally and taken to William Harvey Hospital for injuries described as less serious.

Officers say they were called to Mill View at 7.57am today (May 4) following a report of an explosion in a house.

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A spokesman said: "The cause is yet to be established but at this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

"A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued.

"Two people sustained serious injuries and were taken to a London hospital. A further five people were treated locally for injuries described as less serious.

"All residents are now accounted for.

The air ambulance evacuates a casualty

"The Salvation Army have set up a centre at a local village hall to provide support to those who have been evacuated."

Pictures showed devastating damage to houses in the road with dozens of emergency service crews in attendance.

Claire Oram, who lives a few houses away from the explosion told KentLive: “The whole house shook. My kids were eating at the time and it scared us all to be honest.”

Emergency services rushed to the scene

“It’s an awful awful incident. I just hope everyone is OK.”

A statement from the South East Coast ambulance service said: “Two patients have been taken to hospital in London with serious injuries.”

“A further five patients have been taken to William Harvey Hospital with injuries thought to be less serious. We remain at the scene in support of our emergency service colleagues.”

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