Media captionA house has been destroyed in an explosion on a street in a North Yorkshire village.
One man has died after a house was destroyed in what is believed to have been a gas explosion, police have confirmed.
North Yorkshire Police said the man was believed to be the 63-year-old resident of the detached property.
A loud bang was reported on Springwood in Haxby, near York, at about 07:30 GMT.
The house was extensively damaged in the blast, and a number of others nearby were also damaged.
Insp Steve Breen, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “I have to confirm there has been one casualty, a 63-year-old man found dead in the debris.
“The identity is not confirmed as yet but we think we know who he is and we are currently speaking with his family, trying to console them.”
He said the cause of the explosion was still under investigation but was not thought to be suspicious.
“What we found was a house completely demolished, with debris strewn across the road and gardens and substantial damage to neighbouring properties,” he added.
Electricity supplies within a 200m radius of the scene of the incident have been switched off and will remain off for some time, police have said.
Source:: BBC UK