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Man fights for life after County Durham explosion

Darlington explosion Wordsworth road Feb 2018 (1)

5:26am 20th February 2018
(Updated 5:50pm 20th February 2018)


Chief Inspector Sue Robinson has read out a statement near to the scene on Wordsworth Road.

It's as Durham police are investigating an explosion at a property in Darlington.

The incident happened on Wordsworth Road at around 6.20pm last night.

The windows of the affected property were blown out in the blast. 


Darlington explosion Wordsworth road Feb 2018 3

Chief Inspector Sue Robinson of Durham Constabulary, said:

“One man remains in a critical condition in hospital and our thoughts are with him."

“Three fire appliances, police and ambulance all attended the scene."

“Six people were evacuated from nearby houses."

“An investigation is underway and we are working with our colleagues at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause."

“A police cordon is still in place and will remain there for the foreseeable future."

“We would like to thank local residents for their cooperation.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 371 of February 19.

Below are some of the dramatic images from the scene.

Darlington explosion Wordsworth road Feb 2018

Darlington explosion Wordsworth road Fire Scene Investigation van Feb 2018

Darlington 2 explosion Wordsworth road Feb 2018


A man's been rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle, with life-threatening injuries, following a serious house fire in Darlington.

It's thought to have been caused by a gas explosion.

Emergency services responded to the incident last night following reports of a loud explosion on Wordsworth Road.

Nearby houses were evacuated, and police, fire and ambulance personnel were all at the scene.

The exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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