Gas explosion blows roof off house in Dublin
A 58 year-old man is recovering in hospital after a gas explosion at a house in Dublin today.
The blast occurred on Sullivan Street in Dublin 7 at about 6.20pm, and the roof was blown off the house.
The man was rescued from the house and taken to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He is being treated for extensive burns and other injuries.
A window frame from the property was also blown into the air with the force carrying it two streets away to the edge of a children's playground just inside the Phoenix Park.
A number of houses opposite the worst affected home were also damaged, with the front windows of one blown in.
The explosion is believed to have occurred in the attic or upper floor of the house.
Neighbours in adjacent houses were also evacuated. At least two other houses were badly damaged.
According to witnesses, the front of the house was also destroyed. Debris was blown onto nearby streets such as Infirmary Road.
Five fire engines, two ambulances, and numerous garda cars and police motorcycles raced to the scene.
Infirmary Road was closed this evening.