According to the East Midlands Ambulance Service, four people have been taken to the hospital in critical condition after a reported explosion in Leicester, UK.
#Leicester incident update. We have taken four patients to the Leicester Royal Infirmary at this stage @Leic_hospital Ambulance crews, our HART and @EMICS Drs remain on scene.
— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) February 25, 2018
A large blast was reported to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue at around 7pm. According to Leicestershire Police, businesses and homes near the scene were evacuated.
“We were en route when the police called to say a building had collapsed,” a Leicestershire Fire and Rescue spokesperson told Sky News. “This is a search and rescue at the moment. It is unknown if people are injured or trapped.”
That building was a two-story structure with a loft conversion that the spokesperson confirmed suffered a “pancake collapse.” No indication was given on the cause of the blast, but Leicestershire Police has said that terrorism isn’t a factor.