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Rescue services called to explosion at house in Scotland after reports of huge blast

 Rescue services called to explosion at house in Scotland after reports of huge blast
‘We would advise people to avoid the area’ say police

Emergency services are responding after an explosion at a house in Ayr.

Images on social media showed debris scattered on the street in the Kincaidston area.

The explosion appears to have destroyed at least one house with rubble scattered over a wide area.

Social media users said an explosion could be heard for miles around.

It’s understood a number of residents have been evacuated from houses near the site of the explosion, with some being given shelter at the nearby Queen Margaret Academy.

The Kincaidston Community Centre said it was open for those who needed help.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 7.11pm on Monday, October 18 to reports of a dwelling fire in Gorse Park, Ayr.

“Operations control mobilised nine appliances and specialist resources to the scene and firefighters are working to extinguish the fire.

“Crews currently remain in attendance and are assisting emergency service partners.”

The Ayrshire Police Twitter account said: “We are currently in attendance following a report of an explosion at a property on Gorse Park in Ayr shortly after 7.10pm on Monday, 18 October.

“Emergency services are currently at the scene and we would advise people to avoid the area at the present time.”

Alice Shaw, a resident who lives near the site of the blast, told the Daily Record the explosion was “terrifying”.

She said: “It sounded like a bomb went off. Our entire house shook and everything from the television to the pictures came off the wall. The scene is like something from ground zero. It is terrifying.”

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