Two in hospital after explosion at flats

By Lucinda Cameron, Press Association Scotland
Twenty-three people were evacuated from the building in the Govan area of Glasgow as a precaution.

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital following an explosion at a block of flats in Glasgow.

Twenty-three people were evacuated from the building in Kennedar Drive as emergency services dealt with the incident.

Police and other emergency services were called to the scene in the Govan area at around 7.05am on Friday.

One man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, while a woman was taken to the nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

A police spokesman said: “Twenty-three people from the block of flats were evacuated as a precaution and emergency services remain at the scene.”

Investigations are under way to establish what caused the blast.

Gas engineers have gone to the scene.

Bradley Barlow, spokesman for gas distribution company SGN, said: “Following reports of an explosion in Kennedar Drive in Glasgow, our engineers joined the emergency services on site earlier this morning.

“While it is too early to speculate as to what has happened, we have made the situation safe and we’ll work closely with the emergency services to help identify the cause.”

The fire service was also involved in dealing with the incident.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesman said: “Operations Control mobilised three fire engines and an aerial appliance to the scene, where two casualties were assisted to safety and passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“A male casualty was transported by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and the female casualty was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“Residents were also evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.

“SFRS crews have now left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe, and an investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway.”