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Man arrested after gas explosion destroys row house: Residents compare blast to ‘a scene from the Blitz’ but manage to escape uninjured after being evacuated to a local church in miraculous escape

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A man has been arrested after a gas explosion destroyed a terraced house in the middle of the night.

The explosion took place at about 01.10 this morning on Marlborough Avenue in Goole, East Yorkshire.

Households miraculously escaped, as no one was injured in a massive blast that shook a street and forced residents to seek refuge in a parish church.

Humberside Police confirmed the incident is being treated as an arson attack as a man has been arrested at the scene on suspicion of committing arson with intent to endanger life.

Residents saw a house go up in flames as bricks fell from the site onto cars. A large gaping hole has been left in the building.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with the intent to endanger life

A gas explosion shook a street in Goole, East Yorkshire, and forced residents to seek refuge in a parish church in the early hours of the morning.

A gas explosion shook a street in Goole, East Yorkshire, and forced residents to seek refuge in a parish church in the early hours of the morning.

A gas explosion shook a street in Goole, East Yorkshire, and forced residents to seek refuge in a parish church in the early hours of the morning.

The blast tore through one of the houses, leaving a gaping hole and a collapsed roof on the terrace

The blast tore through one of the houses, leaving a gaping hole and a collapsed roof on the terrace

The blast tore through one of the houses, leaving a gaping hole and a collapsed roof on the terrace

Police said there were no serious injuries and everyone was fine.

Those affected said it was “like a scene from the Blitz” as 999 workers cleared the wreckage of the blast this morning.

Resident Nicolescu Sorin: ‘It’s terrible. It was a gas explosion, it happened around 1am. Pieces of the house wall fell over the cars and across the street, including power lines and TV cable.

‘It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this. The performance of the fire brigade and police was exceptional.’

She added: “Everyone be careful. We were evacuated from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. – a terrible experience, so please take care of you and your homes.’

Families were ordered to leave their homes on Marlborough Avenue as police, firefighters and gas workers sealed off the area.

The road was closed in both directions during the investigation.

The entire street was closed off after the explosion ripped through one of the houses, leaving a gaping hole and collapsed roof in the row house where the blast blew out.

One person who was there said, ‘The whole street was evacuated to the nearby church. A single guy lived in real estate. We heard he tried to kill himself at 2am.”

A local mother, Lidija Jeremejeva, said: ‘Around 2 am I heard a noise and it felt like our house was shaking.

“I went to check on my daughter and saw outside her window a fire in the neighbor’s house across the street and the wall of the second floor falling down.

Those affected said it was 'like a scene from the Blitz' as 999 workers cleared the wreckage of the blast

Those affected said it was 'like a scene from the Blitz' as 999 workers cleared the wreckage of the blast

Those affected said it was ‘like a scene from the Blitz’ as 999 workers cleared the wreckage of the blast

The entire street was closed off after the explosion ripped through one of the houses

The entire street was closed off after the explosion ripped through one of the houses

The entire street was closed off after the explosion ripped through one of the houses

“Others are already called firefighters. In the next 15 minutes (maybe less) the fire took over the entire roof.

“Later everyone was told there is a gas explosion and we have to evacuate to the church.”

“I was told there are no casualties. Emergency services left around 8 a.m. At this point everyone is gone, except the workers who cleared the ruins and the police control blocking half the street from the roundabout to the middle of the street.’

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: ‘We are present at the scene of a suspected gas explosion at a house on Malborough Road in Goole. We received a call today at 1:10 AM for reports of an explosion and fire at the address.

The area was cordoned off to allow emergency services to work safely and for the safety of the public. Reportedly, no one was seriously injured. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with the intention of endangering lives.

“He has been taken into police custody. Surrounding buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. Residents of all adjacent properties are responsible.

“A road closure and police cordon remain in effect, and we are asking people to stay away from the area while emergency services deal with the incident.”

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