An elderly couple were airlifted to a London hospital and five more were injured after a house exploded.
Two people, including a 100-year-old woman with ripped trousers, were seen being treated at the scene with serious injuries on Tuesday (May 4).
Dramatic aerial photos revealed the scale of the devastation, including the charred shell of the mid-terrace property that blew up in Ashford, Kent.
The chimney of the affected property was the only part of the building which was still standing after the incident.
Ring doorbell footage also captured the moment the house exploded at around 7.57am, and neighbours said they could feel the shockwaves of the blast in their own homes.
“We heard an enormous explosion and the house shook,” one resident told MirrorOnline.
“We went running upstairs and saw the house across from us blown apart and the fire just starting up.
“We was straight on to the fire and emergency services. There was smoke and fire and debris everywhere.
“I’m pretty shaken up at the moment over the while situation, and just hoping they are ok.”
Former support worker Wendy Charman, 57, added: “It’s a 100-year-old woman who lives in the house.
“Imagine living to that age for this terrible thing to happen. I hope she pulls through.
“Apparently three young men ran in afterwards and pulled her out. They deserve awards.”
Karen Jackson, who lives three doors down, said: “There was a massive explosion.
“We looked out and the whole front of the house was torn off. I could see people out the front needing help to walk.
“They were injured yes, one lady’s trousers were ripped badly.
“They was one elderly lady that needs a lot of help. They were still working on a few of them when we were evacuated.”
A Kent Police spokesperson said: “An explosion in Ashford has resulted in two people sustaining serious injuries.
“Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford at 7.57am on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 following a report of an explosion at a house.
“The cause is yet to be established but at this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
Get London’s biggest stories straight in your inbox
MyLondon’s brilliant new newsletter The 12 is packed with news, views, features and opinion from across the city.
Every day we’ll send you a free email at around 12pm with 12 stories to keep you entertained, informed and uplifted. It’s the perfect lunchtime read.
The MyLondon team tells London stories for Londoners. Our 45 journalists cover all the news you need – from City Hall to your local streets.
Never miss a moment by signing up to The 12 newsletter here.
“A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued.
“Two people sustained serious injuries and were taken to a London hospital. A further five people were treated locally for injuries described as less serious.
“All residents are now accounted for.
“The Salvation Army have set up a centre at a local village hall to provide support to those who have been evacuated.”
Do you have a story you think we should be covering? If so, email email@example.com