Several road closures are still in place this morning (December 18) after an explosion destroyed a Blackburn house.

The incident, which is suspected to be a gas explosion, happened on Sunday evening (December 17) in London Road and affected three homes, with one being destroyed.

Rubble was strewn across the street and fire teams had evacuated residents from adjoining streets.

Several road closures were in place and Blackburn with Darwen Roads have revealed the closures that are still in place today.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the areas and find alternative routes of travel.

The closures are:

  • Part of London Road around the properties affected.
  • The top of Blackburn Street, where it meets London Road.
  • The top of Inkerman Street, where it meets London Road.

A council spokesperson said: “Following the explosion on London Road in Blackburn yesterday evening, a number of road closures are still in place.

“Please avoid these areas and plan alternative routes. We’ll provide further updates when these roads reopen.”

The Noorani Education Centre, which is behind the affected homes, was opened up for evacuated families.

However, only one family attended the centre with the remainder being taken in by neighbours and relatives. The centre was closed soon after.

Councillor Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “The explosion must have been really frightening for everybody involved.

“I’m really sorry one family has lost their home and eight other families needed to be evacuated. I hope the man who was inside at the time makes a speedy recovery.”

He continued: “The council has been working closely with all the other public services to respond to the explosion.

“I know that people in the community pulled together to make sure the 50 people who needed to leave their homes had a safe place to go last night which has helped tremendously. There will be welfare officers meeting with them to make sure they are supported.”