Investigation into Sheffield gas blast

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue picture of the destroyed house on Dundas Road, Tinsley.'Credit Tim Ansell

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue picture of the destroyed house on Dundas Road, Tinsley.'Credit Tim Ansell

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An investigation into an explosion which destroyed a home in Sheffield launches today - and police say they have ‘not ruled out’ a criminal element.

The property on Dundas Road, Tinsley, was ripped apart by the suspected gas explosion at 9am on Wednesday, miraculously with only four people sustaining injuries, none of them serious.

Debris flew across the street, which was later evacuated.

The 36-year-old tenant at the house suffered facial burns and cuts and remains in Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

Another three people, believed to live next door, were treated for smoke inhalation before being discharged from Rotherham Hospital.

Demolition experts removed an unstable wall yesterday. South Yorkshire Police will today investigate with the Health and Safety Executive and fire chiefs.

A spokesman said: “This will also involve scenes of crime officers, as a criminal element has not yet been ruled out. Officers have been exploring the possibility that work was being carried out on the gas supply.”

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