PICTURES: Images of the destruction caused by Blackpool gas explosion

Debris litters the ground. Photo: Donna Clifford
Debris litters the ground. Photo: Donna Clifford
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These shocking images show the scale of the devastation caused by a massive gas explosion in Blackpool.

Emergency services were called to Charles Street at around 5.55pm on Saturday following the blast.

The wreckage at the rear of the property. Photo: Donna Clifford

The wreckage at the rear of the property. Photo: Donna Clifford

A man and a woman were trapped in the wreckage of the three-storey terraced building, described by police as a guest house but understood to have been privately occupied, with rooms rented out by the owners.

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It is understood two people were taken to hospital following the explosion, one with 'major trauma injuries', although emergency services have given conflicting reports.

Residents living in the area were evacuated on Saturday night but were allowed to return home on Sunday morning.

Investigation into the blast are ongoing.

The blast blew out the windows at the front of the house. Photo: Donna Clifford

The blast blew out the windows at the front of the house. Photo: Donna Clifford

The blast caused massive destruction at the back of the property, on Charles Street. Photo: Donna Clifford

The blast caused massive destruction at the back of the property, on Charles Street. Photo: Donna Clifford

The scene of the blast on Charles Street, Blackpool. Photo: Donna Clifford

The scene of the blast on Charles Street, Blackpool. Photo: Donna Clifford