/Children seriously injured in house blast airlifted to hospital

Children seriously injured in house blast airlifted to hospital

Two children injured in the Seven Sisters house explosion have been airlifted to Bristol with serious injuries.

South Wales Police said the two children have been transported by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital across the border, and an adult also injured in the blast was taken by ambulance to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Their injuries are described as serious.

South Wales Police say they received numerous reports of an explosion at a property in Church Road, Seven Sisters at 2.05pm on Wednesday, June 24.

Shortly after 6pm a police spokeswoman said: “The road will remain closed overnight and diversions are being put in place.

“Around 14 properties have been evacuated and Neath Port Talbot Council have opened a rest centre with full support for these residents.

“The cause of the explosion is under investigation.”

The damage caused to the property
(Image: Rob Melen)
Police remain at the scene
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A number of properties and vehicles in the street were also damaged in the blast. You can see more pictures which show the extent of the damage here.

A large emergency service presence remains at the scene.

The incident is “ongoing” and South Wales Police are asking people to avoid the area.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I was gonna working in the garden and heard it and thought ‘what’s that’ – the whole house shook.

“It was a huge bang.”

Police were called at around 2pm
(Image: Rob Melen)

Councillor Rob Jones, leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: “I was shocked and upset to hear the distressing news from Seven Sisters this afternoon.

“My thoughts and those of my council colleagues are with those who were injured in the explosion, and we hope and pray that they make a full and speedy recovery.

“I know that Seven Sisters is a close-knit community, and that many will be feeling a mixture of shock and sadness at this time.

“I would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response and regular updates on the situation. The council stands ready to offer whatever support is required.”

You can follow live updates here.

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