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A gas explosion has reportedly rocked a property in Portsmouth leaving two adults "seriously injured" as emergency services continue working at the scene.
South Central Ambulance Service has confirmed a man and woman have been taken to hospital following the blast.
A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said: ‘Both patients have been treated at the scene by all our crews and taken by ambulance accompanied by the ambulance crew and air ambulance crew, to University Hospital Southampton.
‘"Our ambulance crews have left scene and our Hazardous Area Response Team and ambulance officers will remain on scene.’
She added: "We have sent to the scene our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) four ambulance officers, two ambulance crews and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance who have been working in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Service, Hampshire Police, power companies and local authorities.".
Police were called to Nelson Avenue this afternoon, with members of the public urged to avoid the area.
Large plumes of smoke can be seen in the sky with air ambulance also arriving on the scene.
Around 20 firefighter from fire crews from Cosham, Portchester, Southsea, Havant and Emsworth were also dispatched to the scene.
A spokesperson for Hampshire police said: "We were called at 1.54pm this afternoon to a house fire at an address on Nelson Avenue, Portsmouth. Officers are currently at the scene.
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"Road closures are in place on Nelson Avenue, Ophir Road, Oriel Road and Gladys Avenue from Northern Road up to North End Avenue.
"The bottom of Cardiff Road, leading onto North End Road, is also closed.
"We’re asking residents to please avoid the area at this time.
"We will provide more information as soon as we can."
Portsmouth City Council said in a statement: "Emergency services are dealing with a large fire on Nelson Avenue in Northend.
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"Police are asking all road users, including pedestrians to avoid the area at this time. Thanks for your co-operation."
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