VIDEO: Firefighters rescue man trapped by major gas explosion in Blackpool

This is the moment firefighters carried out the dramatic rescue of a man left trapped by a gas explosion in Blackpool.

Monday, 25th September 2017, 3:53 pm
Updated Monday, 25th September 2017, 4:12 pm
Bird's eye view of the property which was torn apart by the blast on Charles Street, in Blackpool. Photo: LFRS

Footage taken by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service shows the man, 29, being carried down to safety from the wreckage of the property on Charles Street.

He and a 72-year-old woman, who suffered serious injuries, both had to be rescued following the massive blast at around 5.55pm on Saturday.

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Bird's eye view of the property which was torn apart by the blast on Charles Street, in Blackpool. Photo: LFRS

A fire service spokesman said the man had been on the first floor of the property when it was rocked by the explosion.

He was taken to hospital, although his injuries were not thought to be serious, police said yesterday.

Meanwhile, new aerial images show the scale of the damage to the property, which was described by police as a guest house but was privately occupied.

Aerial image of the destruction caused by a gas explosion on Charles Street, in Blackpool. Photo: LFRS

An investigation into the cause of the blast is ongoing and it is likely to be weeks before the three-storey terraced property is safe to enter.

Bird's eye view of the property which was torn apart by the blast on Charles Street, in Blackpool. Photo: LFRS
Aerial image of the destruction caused by a gas explosion on Charles Street, in Blackpool. Photo: LFRS