Address: Mallowdale Avenue, Morecambe
Incident Number: 2105004932
A statement from the assistant chief fire officer is available here.
The major incident has now been stood down.
10 fire engines were called to reports of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Avenue in Morecambe. Upon arrival firefighters found that two terraced houses had collapsed and a third was seriously damaged, and a major incident was declared.
Firefighters rescued five people from the site. Four adults are being treated in hospital and one person, a child, tragically died. Our thoughts are with the family and all those injured at this time.
Two fire engines, the urban search and rescue unit, search and rescue dogs and the air support unit remain at the incident. Search operations continue and we are working with partners to make the area safe and investigate the cause of the explosion.
A number of people have been evacuated from their homes and a safety cordon is in place. Road closures are also in place and people are being asked to avoid the area.