Six people injured as gas explosion destroys New Zealand home
Neighbours thought a plane or earthquake had hit the area.
At least six people have been injured and dozens of residences evacuated following a gas explosion which destroyed a home in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Footage showed the home was reduced to a burning pile of wood and rubble.
The blast, which was felt for miles (kilometres) around, also damaged neighbouring homes.
Multiple Fire and Emergency crews are still in attendance damping down the fire and cleaning up. A fire investigator is on the scene.— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) July 19, 2019
Five properties have been severely affected by fire and one has been destroyed. A further 17 properties have been impacted by debris.
Health authorities said six people were taken to Christchurch Hospital, but their conditions were not known.
Authorities said they are still investigating the explosion’s cause.
Neighbour Brad Culver told Television New Zealand he thought at first a plane had crashed and ran outside.
There was nothing left standing Brad Culver
Mr Culver said: “The house was in a complete pile of timber and rubbish, you couldn’t even conceive that it was a house. There was nothing left standing.”
Mr Culver said he started pulling people out of the rubble.
“They all appeared to be okay, they were in shock but had superficial cuts, bruises, that sort of thing.
“It didn’t look like any life-threatening injuries. Miracle, really a miracle.”
Another neighbour, Ann Gray, said she thought the city had been hit by an earthquake.
Christchurch frequently experiences earthquakes, with a magnitude6-2 quake destroying large parts of the city in 2011.