Explosion at house in Carnkie leaves elderly man & neighbours lucky to be alive – report & pics from the scene

cornwall fire service got the call at half past midnight

Destroyed house Cornwall

 

 

 

Reporting from the scene by Milo Perrin

An explosion at a house overnight in Carnkie, Wendron has left an elderly man in hospital but lucky to be alive.

Neighbours describe a very loud boom that was heard across the village and beyond that quickly developed into a large fire that was threatening to engulf the whole bungalow and adjacent properties. The explosion, thought to have been caused by gas cylinders, has left a local man in his eighties in hospital but lucky to be alive – he had to be dug out from fallen debris and rescued from the fire and smoke.

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Fire crews from Helston, Falmouth and Tolvaddon Community Fire Stations attended the raging fire in the early hours of this morning after getting the call at half past midnight.

Next door neighbours also had a lucky escape. Witnesses described how the adjoining wall with the next door bungalow collapsed into an elderly couple’s bedroom causing a wardrobe to fall onto their bed.

Brian Kneebone who lives opposite the destroyed house had his upper floor window blown out from the force of the explosion. Mr Kneebone described a loud explosion caused glass to shower a first floor bedroom in glass as the window was broken by the blast. Mr Kneebone said fire took hold of the house and was quickly spreading to engulf the whole property. The alarm was raised at half past midnight. Mr Kneebone praised the bravery of the Fire Crews and other emergency services who arrived quickly and had to use specialist equipment including breathing apparatus to enter the property.

The elderly victim’s current condition is unknown but after being taken to Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) he has since been transferred to Derriford in Plymouth.


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Neighbour Brian Kneebone had his window blown out by the explosion

Brian Kneebone who lives opposite the destroyed house had his upper floor window blown out from the force of the explosion. Mr Kneebone described how fire took hold of the house and was spreading to engulf the whole property. The alarm was raised at half past midnight Mr Kneebone praised the bravery of the Fire Crews and other emergency services who arrived quickly and had to use breathing apparatus to enter the property. The injured man had to be dug out from fallen debris and rescued from the fire and smoke.

Round the back – debris across neighbour’s house and car

 

Another neighbour described the sound as like “a loaded shipping container being dropped from a great height. It wasn’t just the windows that shook the whole house shook, the whole village shook” he said.

Fire crews had extinguished the fire by 5.20am and were able to stand down.

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A fire investigation will take place during daylight hours later in the morning.

Front – neighbour’s garden strewn with debris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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