Four people have been killed after a massive explosion at a shop in Leicester.
Leicestershire Police said another four people remained in hospital following the incident, one with serious injuries.
Emergency services remain at the site of the blast on Monday morning, after fire crews worked through the night digging through rubble and battling the blaze.
It was unclear what caused the blast, and if anyone was unaccounted for.
A total of six people were rushed to hospital following the blast, which happened shortly after 7pm on Hinckley Road in the city.
Leicestershire Police immediately declared a “major incident” as emergency responders, including six fire engines, raced to the scene. The force said there was no indication the explosion was terror-related.
Pictures and video shared on social media showed locals rushing to try and help people from the rubble in the immediate aftermath.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Emergency services are dealing with a building fire in Leicester following a report of an explosion.
“The report was made just after 7pm this evening and a number of neighbouring buildings in Hinckley Road were also damaged as a result.
“Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with the incident and Hinckley Road between Mostyn Street and Carlisle Street has been closed off.
“Businesses and homes in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated and those affected have been taken to Hinckley Road police station as a temporary measure.
“The cause of the explosion will be the subject of a joint investigation by the police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
“We would ask that the media and public do not speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident but at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related.
“Electricity supply has been cut off for a number of properties in the Hinckley Road area while emergency services deal with the incident.”
Recalling what he saw, eye-witness Tahir Khan said: “I was driving past when it happened.
“Loads of people were gathered and there was gas and flames coming out of the building. I looked on the road and half the building was on the road. Literally the whole of the side of the building had been blown out.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was like a Hollywood movie.”
BBC journalist John Alexander, who lives nearby, added said: “I felt a tremor, what felt like an earthquake shock and I heard a very low boom that sounded like a very very fast release of pressure.
“I thought my house was going to fall down on top of me and all my neighbours have said the same thing. I saw one guy get pulled out and he’ll be very lucky if he wasn’t killed.”
Mark Robins also wrote on Twitter: “Jesus, huge explosion Hinckley road area about 10 minutes ago. Can see the flames and endless sirens going off.”
Speaking to Sky News Kat Pattinson, who lives on the same road as the fire, said: “We are down the same street – about 500 metres from where the blast has taken place and our whole house shook.
“We checked on our children first and foremost and then we went outside.
“There is just an awful lot of smoke here at the moment and the whole area is cordoned off.”
She added that the shop on fire is usually open until about 9pm on a Sunday, and has a flat above it.
The building is in a terrace of shops, and appears to have been reduced to blazing rubble.
Debris from the building has been blasted across both carriageways of the road. The road was closed and houses nearby were evacuated.
Witnesses told of hearing the explosion shortly after 7pm.
A fire and rescue service spokesman said the affected property was a two floor building with a loft conversion that had suffered a “pancake collapse”.