Video Report Update: Five dead after explosion in Hinckley Road, Leicester

By Tyler Arthur 

LATEST: Police have confirmed that five people were killed by the explosion, as well as the four injured who were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary in critical condition.

The police have now arrested three men on suspicion of manslaughter, in connection with the terrible incident which occurred on Sunday evening. [Wednesday Update]

The original story follows

A large fire erupted in a shop in Hinckley Road after a huge explosion shook several buildings, near the Post Office, at approximately 7pm.

Four people have been taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary after the blast. A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service said that they are in a critical condition.

The blaze has since been put under control, however for hours afterwards there was still masses of smoke billowing out of the devastated building, just off of the A47.

Smoke fills the air, hours after the blast.

Debris from the building was thrown across the street, and the building was practically reduced to rubble.

The police cordoned off the area surrounding the location of the explosion, to prevent traffic moving towards the incident, and, along with the fire service put in place a large-scale response.

Police at the scene said that they could not comment on what exactly happened, and that their only priority was making sure everyone was safe.

A small crowd formed at the scene, but they were made to stand safely behind a police cordon.

Videos above and below, captured at the scene, show the smoke constantly being produced from the destroyed building, in Hinckley Road.

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Explosion in Leicester flattens building and starts fire

By Kiran Bedder-Patel

An explosion has led to a shop being burnt down in Hinckley Road, Leicester, this evening.  
 
Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at around 7pm and four people were taken to hospital. 
 

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Andy Birkett, 25, lives in the area and said he was actually outside at the time, putting rubbish in his bin. 
 
“I just popped out and heard a explosive bang, a bang what instantly tells you it’s not a firework. Of a bomb noise in fact,” he said.

I quickly ran in because you just don’t know or what to do so I turned my tv on and thought nothing of it. Then I heard police cars whizzing past and so many fire engines. I hope no one’s been hurt but you never know.”  
 
Police taped off surrounding areas and evacuated houses near the shop, understood to be a convenience store, and asked people close by to stand well clear. 
 
Debris could be seen on both sides of Hinkley Road which police had also closed off. 
 
Six fire engines were sent to the scene and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a search and rescue operation was under way.  
 
Nearby shops, tj’s takeaway and Morgans bar, are both believed to have had people inside. 
 
East Midlands Ambulance Service reported that four people were taken to hospital and are in a critical condition. It also advised people to avoid the area and only to attend A&E if they have an emergency. 
 
Police said that there was no indication of terrorist activity.