Police update on family at centre of Halifax house explosion

A man and a woman who suffered serious injuries in a house explosion in Halifax which shook other homes ‘like an earthquake’ are both currently in a stable condition, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

A 63-year-old woman who suffered severe burns in the incident and a 63-year-old man, who has serious injuries, are currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Investigations into the cause of the fire, which happened yesterday (December 5) on Green Lane in Illingworth, near Halifax, remain ongoing and a spokesperson for the police said the area had now been made safe by the fire service.

Yesterday, fire fighters were called to the scene at 7.38am after a blast at the family home triggered a devastating blaze.

The house was quickly engulfed and its occupants were forced to flee their home as it was reduced to rubble.

Emergency services at the scene of a house explosion on Green Lane, Illingworth, Halifax
Emergency services at the scene of a house explosion on Green Lane, Illingworth, Halifax

All three occupants of the burning house survived the terrifying incident.

One neighbour reported leaving her own home to investigate the cause of a deafening bang when she was greeted by a woman jumping from a first floor window of the house to escape the blaze.

An elderly woman in her 90s is also said to have been carried out of her home next door moments after the explosion.

Yesterday evening, West Yorkshire Police released a statement confirming they were looking into what exactly caused the blaze.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Baker of West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers are working with our partners in the fire service, Calderdale Council, Health and Safety Executive and Northern Gas Networks to investigate this clearly very serious incident in Illingworth.

“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and efforts remain underway to make the area safe and support residents affected by what has taken place.”

YorkshireLive – Halifax