A dozen people are understood to have been injured after an explosion tore through a building in Shrewsbury town centre.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police described the blast as a “major incident” and said is was understood the explosion, which destroyed a block of flats on the corner of Bridge Street and Smithfield Road, had been caused by a gas leak.
He said: “We have a number of casualties… the scene is quite bad.”
Emergency services were called to the building yesterday after the late-morning incident. A local BBC report claimed 12 people had been injured.
It said the council had shut several of the roads into the town centre and would need “quite a few tonnes of rubble shifted” before they could be reopened.
West Mercia Police superintendent Peter Lightwood said it was a surprise no-one had been killed.