House damaged by explosion

Brean Down Avenue, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare

An explosion, thought to have been caused by butane gas from a portable gas heater, caused severe damage to a detached house.

Crews from Weston-super-Mare Fire Station were called following the large explosion which destroyed a wall and blew out windows from the property. Two people had been in the house at the time of the incident which took place in a first floor room. A male, aged in his 60, suffered burns to his face and hands and was taken to hospital along with a female, also aged in her 60s. The injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Although there was no fire at the property, there were concerns over the stability of the house which had been extensively damaged by the blast. Following advice from a structural engineer, a neighbouring property was also evacuated as a precaution.

An investigation was launched into the cause of the explosion. Initial indications were that it has been caused by butane gas from a portable heater.