A cordon is in place along Mallowdale Avenue as emergency services attend

A major incident has been declared in Heysham following a devastating gas explosion.
An explosion has been reported at a row of terraced houses on chat around 2.40am this morning (May 16), triggering a huge emergency response.
Ten fire engines, police and ambulance crews are at the scene.
Residents have been evacuated from the area, while a safety cordon and road closures are in place, including on nearby Littedale Avenue.
People are asked to avoid the scene while emergency services respond.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently dealing with an incident on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham. We have 10 fire engines in attendance and we are working with partners at the scene.
“A major incident has been declared after we called to terraced houses on Mallowdale Avenue. It has been reported that there has been an explosion at a property and firefighters are searching the collapsed property.”
A North West Ambulance spokesperson said: “Following reports of an explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham, we have resources at the scene and we are working with @LancashireFRS and @LancsPolice.
“Our priority is to ensure people receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible. Updates will be published here as we know more.”
A Lancashire Police spokesperson added: “We are currently at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham. We were called at 2.40am this morning (Sunday May 16th) to reports that a number of houses on the road had collapsed.
“Our officers are at the scene along with our colleagues from Lancashire Fire and Rescue and North West Ambulance Service.
“A safety cordon has been put in place and nearby residents have been evacuated. Road closures are in place on nearby Littledale Avenue and people are being asked to avoid the entire area while we deal with this ongoing incident.
We will bring you live updates on this incident via our live blog below.
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