February 26, 2018 / 7:06 AM / in 4 months

Leicestershire police says four dead in explosion

(Reuters) - Leicestershire police on Monday said four people died in an explosion at a property in Leicester on Sunday night, while four others remained in the hospital.

Members of the emergency services move debris at the site of an explosion which destroyed a convenience store and a home in Leicester, Britain, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday, injuring at least six people, officials said earlier.

"We believe there may be people who have not yet been accounted for and rescue efforts continue in order to locate any further casualties," Leicestershire police superintendent Shane O'Neill said. bit.ly/2HMtzQX

Members of the emergency services work at the site of an explosion which destroyed a convenience store and a home in Leicester, Britain, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Pictures and videos posted on social media on Sunday had showed flames leaping into the sky from the site which was reduced to rubble.

The cause of the explosion and fire is yet to be determined and emergency services are at the scene searching the collapsed property and conducting enquiries in the area, the statement said.

Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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