Leicester Explosion Death Toll Rises To Five As Search Operation Is Suspended

The death toll from the house explosion in Leicester has risen to five and rescue work has been temporarily suspended due to the structural integrity of a neighbouring building, police have said.

Five other people were taken to hospital, one in a critical condition, Leicestershire Police said.

Officers believe there may still be people unaccounted for but emergency crews have had to temporarily halt a search and rescue operation at the site on Hinckley Road because of the “structural integrity” of a neighbouring building.

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The scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester this afternoon.

Matt Cane, Group Manager from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There are still…

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