Photos show aftermath of Sheffield gas explosion believed to have been sparked by arsonists

The damaged window frames on the ground outside the flat in Wordsworth Drive, Parson Cross

The damaged window frames on the ground outside the flat in Wordsworth Drive, Parson Cross

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This was the aftermath of a gas explosion which blew out the kitchen window of a flat in Sheffield.

The blast on Wordsworth Drive, in Parson Cross, happened at around 5am today (Sunday, March 26).

Scorch marks close to where the fire is believed to have started.

Scorch marks close to where the fire is believed to have started.

The window frames had been ripped from the kitchen of the ground floor flat and lay on the grass outside this morning, with the charred walls and stench of burning plastic hanging in the air additional reminders of the earlier drama.

A bin fire is believed to have damaged the gas supply, causing the explosion.

It is not known whether the fire was started deliberately but locals told how arson in the neighbourhood was so rife people were afraid to put their bins out.

It is understood the ground floor flat was empty at the time of the explosion, and no one was injured, but people said the consequences could easily have been much more serious.

Warning signs outside the property following the gas explosion

Warning signs outside the property following the gas explosion

Dal Kaur, sub-postmistress at the Post Office in Wordsworth Drive, said: "Arson is pretty bad. Bins are always getting set alight and you don't leave your bins out around here, especially overnight.

"This was quite serious but luckily no one was injured. It could have been a lot worse.

"The people doing it don't realise what the consequences could be but this shows what can happen.

"Police had a camera up here but they took it down. They didn't think it was needed, but I think it is."

Wordsworth Drive, in Parson Cross, where the explosion happened

Wordsworth Drive, in Parson Cross, where the explosion happened

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said a person had to be rescued from the first floor, above the scene of the blast.

However, the landlord of the property, who asked not to be named, said the person had merely been evacuated and no one had been in any danger.

He said he was not aware of any issues with arson at the property or in the surrounding area.

"It's a nuisance but we've got cameras and they'll be on camera, so good luck to them," he added.

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