Police confirm body found in Swansea gas explosion

Rescue workers at the scene following reports of a suspected gas explosion at a property at the junction of Clydach Road and Field Close in Morriston, Swansea.v Three people have been hospitalized while one person is missing after the explosion, South Wales Police said. Picture date: Monday March 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Swansea. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Three people were taken to hospital and police have confirmed a body has now been found (Image: PA)

Police said the body of a man was found after a gas explosion in Swansea today.

South Wales Police confirmed the news tonight following the major incident this afternoon.

A Major incident declared earlier today after suspected gas explosion hospitalized three people.

The blast leveled a house and most of the house next door on Clydach Road on the outskirts of town just after 11am on Monday.

Explosion on Clydach Road

Local residents suspect a gas leak was behind the apparent explosion at Clydach Road, Swansea
A gas explosion is believed to have caused the massive blast (Image: PA)
Police confirmed tonight that a man’s body has been recovered from the rubble (Image: PA)
Two houses were destroyed in the blast (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Residents around Clydach Road on the outskirts of town reported hearing a “huge bang” before fleeing their homes.

The blast was so violent that people living a mile away said it “shook the house” and rattled windows, while an avalanche of tweets reported a “big bang” that could be heard up to eight miles away was.

Fire crews from five different stations were rushed to the scene, and several people reported seeing an air ambulance present.

The blast also appears to have blown out several windows and burned exterior works on at least two other nearby buildings.

Emergency services warned people to “avoid the area” as the incident “was still ongoing” tonight.

According to tweets from people claiming to live in the area, the noise could be heard within a mile radius.

Emma Kavanagh wrote: “It felt like the last earthquake we had. I thought our chimney had come down!’

A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said today: “At 11.20am on Monday 13 March, crews from Morriston, Swansea West, Neath, Gorseinon and Port Talbot were called to an incident in Morriston after several Reports of a gas explosion.

“South Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service are present alongside Fire and Ambulance crews.”

South Wales Police have reported a serious incident, no further information is available at this time.’

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “A serious incident has been reported following a suspected gas explosion in Morriston. emergency teams respond.

“My thoughts are with the residents at this moment.”

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