Video: Man dies as North Yorkshire house is destroyed in devastating explosion

More than a dozen houses have been damaged in an explosion that claimed the life of a man in Haxby, near York, police said.

Friday, 19th February 2016, 3:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th February 2016, 8:45 am
Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas ROSS PARRY

A 63-year-old man named locally as Paul Wilmott died after a suspected gas explosion obliterated the house on Springwood on Friday morning.

Inspector Steve Breen of North Yorkshire Police told reporters at the scene the man’s next of kin have been informed and officers are supporting members of his family.

He said it is an isolated incident, there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances, and a gas explosion is thought to be the cause.

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Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas ROSS PARRY

Inspector Breen said: “We are grateful of the support and patience of residents here, because there has been a great deal of disturbance in the street.”

The man’s body has now been recovered from the home destroyed in the blast. Police said that to the best of their knowledge there was only one person at the address. Formal identification is yet to take place.

A cordon around the affected area is expected to be lifted soon.

Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas blast. PICS Ross Parry
Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas blast - PIC Ross Parry
The incident scene. PIC: Rob Varley
Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas ROSS PARRY
Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas blast. PICS Ross Parry
Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas blast - PIC Ross Parry
The incident scene. PIC: Rob Varley