Seven injured as house destroyed in blast with woman, 100, pulled from wreckage

Hero neighbours pulled a 100-year-old woman from the wreckage of a house destroyed in an explosion, it has been reported.

Three people are said to have run into the burning building after the huge blast in Ashford, Kent, on Tuesday.

The elderly woman is believed to be among seven people injured in the suspected gas explosion.

She is thought to have been trapped inside the property with others before they were dramatically rescued.

One neighbour said a terrified woman came out of the house while screaming "my parents are in there".

It later emerged local heroes rushed into the home to rescue the people inside.

Two people were airlifted to hospital in London with serious injuries while five others were taken to hospital in Ashford by land ambulance.

One neighbour said: "Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone."

Wendy Charman, 57, told the Sun: "It's a 100-year-old woman who lives in the house. Imagine living to that age for this terrible thing to happen.

"I hope she pulls through. Apparently, three young men ran in afterwards and pulled her out.

"They deserve awards. The explosion woke me up and I heard all the ambulance crews racing past before the helicopter overhead."

Kim Dew, 55, said: "She said: "I heard this horrendous bang so I looked behind and there was this volcano of rocks which cascaded over the path."

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Chantel Weller, who lives adjacent to the road where the explosion occurred, told the BBC "the whole house shook".

In a statement, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire engines rushed to the scene.

Kent Police later confirmed all the residents in the properties affected by the blast have been accounted for.

A spokesman said: "An explosion in Ashford has resulted in two people sustaining serious injuries.

"The cause is yet to be established but at this stage, the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

"A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued."

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