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Ayr gas explosion: Two houses ‘totally flattened’ as huge blast rips through town

South Ayrshire Police attended the property in Gorse Park, in Ayr, shortly after 7.10pm tonight following reports of an explosion. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they are in attendance. The police have urged people to avoid the area “at the present time”. 

Taking to Twitter, the force wrote: “We are currently in attendance following a report of an explosion at a property on Gorse Park in Ayr shortly after 7.10pm on Monday, 18 October.

“Emergency services are currently at the scene and we would advise people to avoid the area at the present time.”

At least three fire appliances have rushed to the scene with multiple police cars and ambulances in attendance.

Photos shared on social media so debris thrown across the floor as flames can be seen from the residential property.

One eye witness, @_generallee, wrote on Twitter: “So there was a big explosion not far from where I stay in Ayr.”

Another Twitter user, @from1888, claimed that two houses were “totally flattened” following the explosion.

They wrote: “Hearing of a massive explosion in Ayr.

“Apparently 2 houses totally flattened.”

A dad-of-three who heard a “massive explosion” half a mile away said it “sounded like a bomb going off, it was deafening.”

It is understood that the sound from the blast could be heard up to three miles away, according to reports on social media.

One person, @cxllumrfc, said he heard the explosion “six miles away”.

He tweeted: “Massive explosion in Kincaidston Ayr tonight, the explosion could be heard from up to six miles away.”

Many people took to Twitter to express hope that no one was injured in the explosion.

One person, @scottishchicp, tweeted: “Wow that explosion in Ayr is scary.

“Hope no one was in the house.”

@Blaircameron202 added: “My thoughts go out to the people of Kincaidston Ayr tonight after a gas explosion has devastated several homes.

“Please avoid that area if you can and let @fire_scot and other emergency services get on with their work.

“I pass on my condolences to the injured.”

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