Leicester Explosion: Latest
25 February 2018, 23:50 | Updated: 25 February 2018, 23:52
The latest updates on the explosion in Leicester.
The fire's still burning in #Leicester. Police still haven't confirmed what caused the explosion early this evening but say they don't think it's terrorist related. Four people remain in hospital. #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/lzeetzeUmw— CapitalEastMids News (@CapitalEMNews) February 25, 2018
Final #Leicester incident update tonight. Six people in total taken to @Leic_hospital by EMAS. Thanks to @OFFICIALWMAS and @YorksAmbulance for their support responding to other 999 calls near border whilst we dealt with this tragic incident. #Team999— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) February 25, 2018
Updated Statement from Leicestershire Police
Emergency services are dealing with a building fire in Leicester following a report of an explosion.
The report was made just after 7pm this evening (Sunday 25 February) and a number of neighbouring buildings in Hinckley Road were also damaged as a result.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with the incident and Hinckley Road between Mostyn Street and Carlisle Street has been closed off.
Businesses and homes in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated and those affected have been taken to Hinckley Road police station as a temporary measure.
Four people have been taken to hospital and we await an update on their injuries.
The cause of the explosion will be the subject of a joint investigation by the police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
We would ask that the media and public do not speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident but at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related.
Electricity supply has been cut off for a number of properties in the Hinckley Road area while emergency services deal with the incident.
Anyone concerned about family members are asked to contact 101.
Our service is particularly busy in Leicester at the moment. People with illness or injury that is not life threatening or urgent should visit an urgent care/walk in centre (appointments not necessary) or visit https://t.co/J2NCepn3So for details of other NHS care local to you— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) February 25, 2018
| Major Incident |— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) February 25, 2018
19:19 |There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.