On Sunday, officials said that an explosion destroyed a home and a convenience store that is located in the central English city of Leicester, injuring at least four people.
Videos and photos that are posted on Twitter revealed that flames were leaping into the sky from the blast site which was later reduced to rubble.
In a statement, the police force stated: “All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Please avoid the area.”
The local ambulance service said that it took four patients the to the hospital and its hazardous response team was already at the site.
The fire department of the city said that it sent six fire engines following the reports of a massive explosion and the collapse of a building.
A photo used by the Leicester Mercury newspaper showed the blaze and the rubble of a wrecked building which the newspaper revealed housed a convenience store and a flat.
The Mercury quoted an unidentified resident, who happens to live a just few streets away, as saying: “We heard an absolutely massive explosion. It was pretty frightening.
“We went to look out of the upstairs windows and saw loads of smoke, and then a few seconds later massive orange flames.”
Citing unidentified sources, Sky News reported that there were no immediate signs that the said explosion was associated with terrorism.