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Suspected gas explosion in the Bonds Street area of Derry

A man has been injured following a suspected gas explosion in the Bonds Street area of Londonderry.

It happened at around 10:30pm on Monday.

The man was transferred from Altnagelvin Hospital to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast to be treated for serious burns injuries.

He is said to be in a stable condition.

Deputy mayor of the city Gary Middleton, who is at the scene, wrote on Twitter: "Fire service working hard to extinguish flames.  Residents who have been evacuated from Bond Street are currently staying with family and friends."

A police spokesman said the area was expected to remain cordoned off overnight.

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