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Andover house explosion: Man found dead

Andover house explosion: Man found dead

The explosion happened in King Arthurs Way, Andover, at about 02:30 GMT
A man's body has been found in the wreckage of a house that was destroyed in an explosion. The blast happened at about 02:30 GMT in Andover, Hampshire, police and firefighters said.Photos from the scene of the collapse in King Arthurs Way appear to show the remains of a roof on top of a large pile of rubble.Rescuers are continuing to search the area and a number of neighbouring properties have been evacuated. A joint fire and police investigation is under way and a cordon is in place.
An emergency cordon remains in place at the scene
Gas firm SGN said its engineers joined the emergency services on site in the early hours of the morning."We understand an occupant in the property at the time of the explosion has died and our thoughts are with them and their family," it added in a statement."While it is too early to speculate as to what has happened, we're working closely with the emergency services to help identify the cause. "In conjunction with the authorities, we're currently working to isolate gas supplies to property numbers one and two for safety."
The roof of the property collapsed
A rescue team is continuing to search the scene
Several homes nearby were evacuated
A joint fire and police investigation is under way
Andover
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