Block of flats EXPLODE in Brit city – 'several casualties' as 'woman leaps from top floor'

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SEVERAL people are injured after a huge explosion ripped through a block of flats in Bristol.

The block of flats collapsed moments after a loud bang tore through the building in the Hartcliffe area of the city last night.

One man reportedly fled engulfed in flames during the terrifying scenes as horrified neighbours had to douse him in water.

A witness saw a woman jump from an upper floor window onto a trampoline in a desperate bid to escape, Bristol Live reports.

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

HORROR: A huge explosion ripped through a block of flats in Bristol last night (Pic: AFRSBEDMINSTER/TWITTER)

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

DESTROYED: The entire frontage of the building collapsed after the explosion (Pic: AFRSBEDMINSTER/TWITTER)

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

MIRACLE: No one died in the horror incident, with only three suffering minor injuries (Pic: AFRSBEDMINSTER/TWITTER)

And another woman had to rush inside to rescue her four-year-old daughter moments before the building collapsed.

The explosion was reportedly so big it shook houses minutes away as emergency services locked the area down.

Locals reported hearing a “humongous bang” before witnessing a fire ripping through the building.

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

UNEXPLAINED: Some reports suggest the explosion was caused by a gas boiler (Pic: BBC)

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

DRAMATIC PICTURES: This snap shows a living room in the open after the frontage collapsed (Pic: AFRSBEDMINSTER/TWITTER)

Dramatic pictures later showed the entire frontage of the building had been ripped off by the explosion.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said three people were treated for injuries in the incident shortly before 8pm.

Steve Imrie, area manager with Avon Fire and Rescue, told Bristol Live: “We committed two crew in breathing apparatus to contain and inspect the fire, while other firefighters began to administer first aid to a number of persons at the scene.

Scene of flats destroyed in explosion

PROBE: Emergency services are now investigating the cause of the explosion (Pic: SWNS)

“All casualties were conscious and breathing. Certainly the initial person who was treated has suffered minor burns.”

The cause of the explosion, which many believe to be a gas boiler, has not yet been confirmed. It is not believed to be suspicious.

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