Explosion rips through home with bed left hanging from side of destroyed house

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An explosion ripped through a home leaving a bed hanging from the side of the blasted house.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called just after 9pm yesterday to an explosion at a property on Traly Close, Bude.

There were reports of a strong smell of gas in the area as fire engines from Bude and Holsworthy were sent to the scene along with specialist shoring equipment to help stabilise the two storey semi-detached house.

Images from the scene show the blast ripped through exterior walls, leaving furniture inside hanging from the property.

A fire spokesman said: “On crews arrival they confirmed that there were no casualties trapped within the damaged structure and the incident was sectorised.

“At this time crews are awaiting the arrival of a structural surveyor to assess the stability of the property and for further guidance regarding this incident.

The blast came as Storm Christoph wreaked havoc across the UK overnight leaving homes underwater and towns draped in snow – and it’s not over yet.

Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes after hours of relentless rainfall last night and this morning.

The storm caused chaos for larges parts of the North and Wales, with many hundreds of people already evacuated as their homes were flooded.

Some 2,000 properties in Greater Manchester will be vacated overnight as water levels continue to rise.

Hundreds of other people have also been asked to leave their homes in parts of Ruthin, North Wales, and Maghull in Merseyside.

Police working to take people to safety are having to contend with heavy snowfall and the logistical difficulties of taking Covid positive members of the public out of harm’s way.

But those told to evacuate their homes will not be in breach of lockdown rules, officials confirmed.

The Environment Agency said: “If you believe that you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

“If you are asked to leave your home and need to stay with family or friends due to flooding, you will not be in breach of coronavirus laws and no legal action will be taken.

“If you or a family member have been asked to self-isolate due to Covid-19 Government guidance or if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you will be contacted directly and Covid-secure accommodation will be provided.”

As the rain hammered huge swathes of the country police officers were out knocking on people’s doors telling them they needed to leave.

Lib Dem Councillor Richard Kilpatrick was among those who has had to be evacuated in West Didsbury and he praised the community response to the storm.

He told Manchester Evening News: “The atmosphere has been a mixture of anxiety and disbelief I think.

“The community response has been great. I helped set up Didsbury mosque to accept people who may need to evacuate hoping that we would not need it.

“We are fine and spirits are high. We just don’t expect it to happen here, the defences have always been enough.”