Two people trapped in Shetland gas explosion

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Two people were trapped in the wreckage of their Shetland home after a gas explosion.

One, a pensioner on her eighties, has been rescued and taken to hospital in Lerwick.

The explosion took place in mid-afternoon at Ockragarth near Brae. 

Police said they had attended a house fire just before 2.15 in the afternoon in the Ockragarth area of Brae.

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While investigations are ongoing, the cause is believed to have been a gas explosion. A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police, fire and ambulance attended and one woman was taken to hospital.”

A spokeswoman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “The explosion has led to a fire within the house. Around 90% of the house has gone.

“Two people were trapped. One person was removed prior to our arrival and we are in the process of rescuing the second casualty.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 2.13pm to an address at Ockragarth, Brae, in Shetland.

“We dispatched an ambulance to the scene and a female patient in her 80s was transported to Gilbert Bain Hospital.”

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