An explosion tore through a convenience on Hinkley Road, Leicester. It occurred at about 7:00 pm 25th February, which
was caught on CCTV footage.
A massive blaze broke out at the Western Park store, formerly Londis, within a couple of minutes of the explosion. The blast rocked the house around the junction of Westcotes Drive. The building contained the shop along with a flat above.
Before the blast, a ‘whoosh’ noise could be heard which sounded like the pilot light of a house boiler being lit, followed by a tremor like an earthquake.
The Gas supply in the local area had subsequently been ‘isolated’ said gas network, Cadent. Leicester’s Fire and Rescue Service, ambulances and police were at the scene throughout the night.
Sadly, Leicester police commented the following morning; “Four people are confirmed to have died in an explosion at a property in Leicester last night”. The force added that four more people remained in hospital, one of whom had serious injuries.
CCTV footage captured the blast at the moment it happened and the fire which ripped through the shop and the flat above.
The footage shows the front of the store being blasted into the street. It is hoped that the CCTV footage will help to shed some light on what the cause of the explosion was.
A car driving close to the scene at the time is seen to be breaking hard, and turning away from the site of the blast.
Hinkley Road, from its junction with Bolton Road to its junction with Woodville Road, is closed in both directions. Motorists were advised to avoid the area as the fire was still burning.