Emergency services are at the scene of a suspected house explosion in Ayr, western Scotland, the blast from which was felt miles away.
Policía, the fire service and the ambulance service – including an air ambulance – are at the scene in Gorse Park, a residential street in the Kincaidston area of the town, after reports of an explosion just after 7pm on Monday.
People living several miles away heard the explosion. Neighbours have reportedly been evacuated to Queen Margaret Academy nearby and a cordon has been set up. Kincaidston Community Centre is offering shelter, as is St Columba church in the centre of the town. The public have been advised to avoid the area.
Alice Shaw, who lives nearby, told the Daily Record the explosion was “terrifying”. Ella dijo: “It sounded like a bomb went off. Our entire house shook and everything from the television to the pictures came off the wall. The scene is like something from ground zero. It is terrifying.”
A Scottish fire and rescue service spokesperson said: “Operations control mobilised nine appliances and specialist resources to the scene and firefighters are working to extinguish the fire. Crews currently remain in attendance and are assisting emergency service partners.”
Un policia Escocia spokesperson said: “We received a report of an explosion at a property in Gorse Park in Ayr shortly after 7.10pm on Monday 18 octubre. Emergency services are currently at the scene.”