Hero nurses raced to help injured Ayr residents after a major explosion rocked the entire town and left three people hurt.
An eyewitness told how healthcare workers living near Gorse Park leapt into action after hearing the massive bang shortly after 7pm on Monday.
At least three homes have been destroyed with several others having their windows and doors blown in by the force of the blast.
The Scottish Ambulance Service has confirmed that three patients have been taken to Crosshouse Hospital, near Kilmarnock.
Emergency services remain at the scene with police urging members of the public to avoid the area.
One neighbour, who works in the gas industry, told how he saw hero nurses and a first aider running to the scene.
He said: “I was standing at the back door, getting ready to take my dog out when I heard this massive explosion.
“There were big white flashes which is what happens when there’s a large concentration of gas.
“The back door flew open so I ran round to see what had happened and the place was just covered in debris.
“It’s quite a confined square where the properties are so an explosion like that just channeled the power all down into different streets.
“I was telling people to stay away. Someone was trying to get a water hose but you can’t do that.
“There’s quite a few nurses that live in this area because the hospital is close by so I saw them all come running to help. There’s also a first aider who ran across to try and help.
“There was just so much noise and commotion. You couldn’t really hear or tell if anyone was in there.
“I know one of the people who lives in one of the attached houses and looking at it, it’s going to be condemned.
“I could see flames coming from where the boiler would’ve been. They’re normally in the centre of these properties and they’re surrounded by brick.
“Gas is heavier than air so it would’ve built up within the house. It’s actually blown the top of the house off and totally shredded it.
“It’s a row of terraced houses so they’re all attached internally from wall to wall. So the stress ripped through the neighbouring houses too.
“The sides have come off and the inside has all fallen down.
“Some of the other properties within that square have PVC front doors and windows. “They’ve just blown right in because of the force of the blast. It’s really quite scary.”
The cause of the explosion is not currently known however engineers from gas distribution company SGN are at the scene with the supply switched off.
At least nine appliances from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were also called to attend alongside Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The conditions of the people taken to hospital are not currently known.
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