Newark House Explosion

A second body's been found after a suspected gas explosion at a house in Newark..

Police and fire crews were called to Wright Street at 5.15pm last night.

Up to five people have been injured, one seriously.

Craig Parkin from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has told Capital it's incredible serious:

'It's affected the whole street; clearly it's a complete collapse as a result of one property.

'Adjoining properties are severely damaged by it, we've had structural engineers requested to come to the actual scene itself.'

More than 100 people were evacuated from their nearby homes as a precaution and a rest centre has been set up at the nearby Grove Leisure Centre.

Two children and a woman were taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre after they breathed in smoke. A man's also in hospital with serious injuries.


A hotline has been set up for people who have been affected by the explosion.

Local residents who were evacuated and who want information on when they can return can contact the Council on:

0300 500 80 80

Nottinghamshire County Council have told Capital that The Grove Leisure Centre has been set up as a place of safety.


Screaming Children

Dan Walker, who lives around 100 yards from the scene, told Sky News that children could be heard screaming in the moments after the blast.

Mr Walker said:
`I was in the back garden just doing some gardening and there was an almighty bang, and the floor shook.

`It sounded like a bomb had gone off down the road.

`All you could hear was kids screaming so I ran out to the front garden to see what was going on.

`I went down the street and I could see the house - it was in pieces.''

The property which was destroyed is said by neighbours to have been occupied by a couple and a small child.

Audie Cashin told reporters that he and four other people helped to drag a man out of the property.

Mr Cashin, who was informed that the man's father was in the cellar of the house, said he was then ordered to leave the area by fire crews.