Teenage girl pulled from rubble of Burnley housing collapse with man seriously injured

A house collapse in Burnley sparked the evacuation of several properties

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A teenage girl was pulled from rubble by a relative following a house explosion which has left a man seriously injured.

North West Ambulance Service said a man was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital after suffering major trauma in the explosion at Sefton Terrace in Burnley, Lancashire, just after midday on Monday.

A female patient was taken to Royal Blackburn for assessment

Sarah Jones, 19, who lives opposite the end-of-terrace house, said she had been at home when she heard a bang followed by scraping noises, which she now believes were the windows coming off the property.

<p>Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley<br></p>

Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley

She told the PA news agency: “I came out and I just saw black smoke everywhere.

“I know the family who live there well and when I came outside their relatives were there.

“I asked if anyone was in there and they said the girl was. She’s 17.

“Neighbours got a ladder and were climbing up to the top two windows but then they realised she wasn’t upstairs, she was in the front room and had gone through into the cellar, through the floor.

Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley, Lancashire
Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley, Lancashire
Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley, Lancashire
Emergency services at the scene following an explosion at a house in Burnley, Lancashire

“She was covered in rubble and her relative had to pull her out from under everything.

“We brought her across to my house and she said she didn’t think she was injured, she was more worried about how her mum was going to react.

“She is very, very lucky.”

Lisa Gorton, 42, said: “I was just stood there and I heard a big bang like if you’re watching a movie or you see a building being knocked down.

“I saw all black smoke and the windows went through and everyone came running out.

“I rang the fire brigade. Everyone was trying to help.”