Leeds house blast: Three in hospital UPDATED

An explosion rocked a Leeds street when gas canisters blew up in the kitchen of a family home leaving a teenage boy in hospital.

Firefighters rushed to Aysgarth Place, Richmond Hill just before 9pm on Saturday following reports of an explosion in a small, mid terrace house.

After using hoses and breathing apparatus to bring the blaze under control, firefighters said their initial investigations had revealed the blast may have been caused when a number of small gas canisters, of the type used to refill a lighter, were placed in or near to an oven at the house.

Firefighters told the YEP that extensive structural damage had been caused by the explosion, including a partial collapse of the floor.

Three people were taken to hospital following the incident including a boy believed to be aged 15, who is understood to have suffered head

injuries and burns and a man believed to be in his 30s who suffered burns to his arms and face.

A woman was also treated in hospital for severe shock.

The YEP understands a structural engineer from Leeds City Council was also called to assess the damage done to the house.

Yesterday, most of Aysgarth Place was still cordoned off with police tape and a heavy police and fire service presence was still at the scene as further investigations were carried out throughout the day.

At the rear of the house, extensive damage caused by the explosion could be seen including a number of shattered windows and smoke damage.

One resident, living closeby, who did not wish to be named, said he had been disturbed by a loud bang.

He said: "I thought it was someone at my back door at first. But then I looked out and I could see fire coming out of their kitchen window. My kids were screaming because they'd heard it. I ran over to try and help and I think the patio doors had come off and were in the garden. The windows had smashed out and there was glass everywhere. Other people came out of their houses to help and then the fire service arrived."

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