Leicester explosion: Search and rescue operation continues

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    Search and rescue crew on Hinckley RoadImage copyright PA
    Image caption A search and rescue operation is continuing following the blast in Leicester

    A search and rescue operation to find survivors of a fatal explosion in Leicester is continuing.

    Five people died in the blast in Hinckley Road at about 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

    Five other people were taken to hospital, one of whom was in a critical condition on Monday evening, Leicestershire Police said.

    The cause of the explosion, which residents said sounded “like an earthquake” is not yet known.

    The building consisted of a shop premises on the ground level and a two-storey flat above.

    The shop had gone through many owners but recently became a Polish supermarket called Zabka. It is believed to have only been trading since the new year.

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    A section of Hinckley Road remains closed as police investigators and firefighters continue searching through the debris.

    A large excavator and several emergency services vehicles remained at the scene this morning.

    On Monday, Supt Shane O’Neill said police believe there may be more people unaccounted for.

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    Image caption A shop and and a two-storey flat were completely destroyed in the explosion
    Image caption Flowers have been laid at the cordon on Hinckley Road

    A public meeting held on Monday night was attended by residents and businesses.

    Matt Cane, group manager for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, described the search and rescue operation as “dynamic and challenging”.

    “We have all been left shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible events of [Sunday] evening,” he added.

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    Image caption Residents and businesses attended a public meeting at a primary school nearby
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