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Man in serious condition after two-storey house explosion

The 32-year-old was treated in Glasgow's Royal Infirmary overnight for serious burns.

By STV News

Published 27 May 2016.

A man remains in serious condition in hospital after being injured by a blast which ripped through a two-storey house in West Dunbartonshire.

Emergency services were called to Burn Street Lane in Bonhill at around 2.45pm on Friday after locals reported that a large explosion had resulted in a major fire at the address.

Images posted on social media showed the wall and roof of the first-floor flat largely destroyed, while fire crews worked through the afternoon to tackle the flames.

A 72-year-old man was released from hospital on Friday night after being treated for smoke inhalation, while a 32-year-old man remains in serious condition at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Police and the fire service are yet to establish the cause of the blaze but evacuated some nearby properties as a precaution while gas mains in the area were checked.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A 72-year-old man was released from hospital last night following treatment but another man, who we believe is 32-years-old, is still at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and is thought to be in a serious condition.

"A joint investigation is ongoing but as yet it is too early to say what caused the explosion."

A fire service spokesman said: "We received the first of many 999 calls relating to a fire at Burn Street Lane in Bonhill shortly before 2.40pm on Friday.

"Crews from Dumbarton, Balloch and Clydebank attended and extinguished a fire in a two-storey building."

Gas engineers carried out checks in the area on Friday night to ensure the surrounding properties were not at risk.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Gas Networks said: "Our engineers attended quickly, carried out safety checks and have now left the site."

West Dunbartonshire Council set up a temporary rest centre within a nearby early learning centre to accommodate residents and provide warm drinks.

A spokeswoman said: "Accommodation has been provided for those directly affected and we will continue to provide support throughout the weekend for anyone who needs it."