Leicester blast triggers police alert

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Damian Pedge

Police have declared a “major incident” after reports of an explosion in the Hinckley Road area of Leicester.

Emergency services said they are conducting a search and rescue operation at the scene.

Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed and police are asking people to avoid the area.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said all the emergency services were in attendance, including six fire engines.

‘Pancake collapse’

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “This is a search and rescue at the moment.

“It is unknown if people are injured or trapped.”

The affected property was a two floor building with a loft conversion that had suffered a “pancake collapse”, she added.

Pictures and video shared on social media appeared to show a shop engulfed in flames and the blaze visible from a distance.

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