Blast kills four.(Incident Report)

A man and three children have died in an explosion at a family home.

The blast happened in Hillside Road in Cheddleton, near Leek, Staffordshire, and developed into a severe fire. Six houses surrounding the home were evacuated because of the blaze and part of the road remained sealed off.

Staffordshire Police said the dead were all from the same household. A man in his 30s has been arrested in Leek in connection with the explosion. Officers are investigating reports of a man seen running from the scene. Investigations by police and fire officers are continuing at the scene, but officers are being hampered by the unsafe structure of the house.

Roy Spooner said: "There were flames coming out of the roof and there was like fire balls coming out from above the windows. …

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