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Dozens injured in UK gas explosion

Press Association logoPress Association 26/03/2017 By Jack Hardy, Aine Fox and Rachael Burnett, Press Association

A suspected gas explosion has destroyed several buildings in Merseyside in north west England, seriously injuring two people and 32 others are in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the "major incident" in Bebington, on the Wirral, near Liverpool on Saturday night.

North West Ambulance Service said two people were in a serious condition in hospital, while 32 others were being treated for minor injuries.

Several properties, including one thought to be a dance studio, had collapsed, Merseyside Fire and Rescue said.

Debris could be seen in footage scattered along the road.

Around 20 people have been evacuated from houses in the surrounding area and moved to a nearby church, the ambulance service added.

Fifteen people were taken to hospital by paramedics, while a further 15 took themselves to hospital, the spokeswoman said.

Eight fire engines were sent to the scene, while road closures have been put in place nearby.

Residents took to Twitter reporting hearing a huge explosion for miles around.

@Vicky_Aspey tweeted: "Massive explosion here in Wirral. Hope all ok. Heard everywhere. Scary".

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