Neighbour films fiery aftermath of huge house explosion minutes after blast

Shocking footage shows the immediate aftermath of a massive house explosion in Kent.

The video was taken two minutes after the home in Willesbrough blew up at around 7.57am today.

Neighbour Jay Weston, 52, who took the video, said: “I was about to go out my front door and I thought something was coming crashing through my ceiling.

“Twenty minutes later and there would have been school children walking along that road.”

An elderly couple, including a 100-year-old woman, are believed to have lived in the house for around 70 years.

Two people – believed to be the elderly couple – were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Five more were wounded, with two neighbouring properties also badly damaged.

Of those injured, two were taken to hospital in London with serious injuries and five were taken to hospital in Ashford with “less serious” injuries.

Dramatic aerial photos revealed the scale of the devastation, including the charred shell of the mid-terrace property that blew up.

The chimney of the affected property was the only part of the building which was still standing.

A neighbour said: “We heard an enormous explosion and the house shook.

“We went running upstairs and saw the house across from us blown apart and the fire just starting up.

“We was straight on to the fire and emergency services. There was smoke and fire and debris everywhere.

“I’m pretty shaken up at the moment over the while situation, and just hoping they are ok.”

Former support worker Wendy Charman, 57, said: “It’s a 100-year-old woman who lives in the house. Imagine living to that age for this terrible thing to happen. I hope she pulls through.

“Apparently three young men ran in afterwards and pulled her out. They deserve awards.”

Karen Jackson, who lives three doors down, said: “There was a massive explosion.

“We looked out and the whole front of the house was torn off. I could see people out the front needing help to walk.

“They were injured yes, one lady’s trousers were ripped badly.

“They was one elderly lady that needs a lot of help. They were still working on a few of them when we were evacuated.”

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “An explosion in Ashford has resulted in two people sustaining serious injuries.

“Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford at 7.57am on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 following a report of an explosion at a house.

“The cause is yet to be established but at this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

“A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued.

“Two people sustained serious injuries and were taken to a London hospital. A further five people were treated locally for injuries described as less serious.

“All residents are now accounted for.

“The Salvation Army have set up a centre at a local village hall to provide support to those who have been evacuated.”