ONE person has been injured and roads closed after a suspected gas explosion in East Kilbride earlier today.

Emergency services arrived on the scene at around 11.25am after reports of an explosion on Main Street. 

The severity of the injuries is currently unknown but it is understood crews are still at the scene.

Police confirmed that surorunding buildings were evacuated as a precaution. 

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Local residents claimed that a window from the property, which has been gutted by the suspected explosion, was blown 50ft on to a footpath.

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A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in Main Street, East Kilbride.

“Around 11.25am on Monday, 3 May, 2021, police received a report of a suspected gas explosion in Main Street, East Kilbride.   

"One man, aged 52 was injured and has been taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.  A number of people have been evacuated as a precaution from the surrounding buildings.  Emergency services remain on the scene.   

"We initially confirmed two people had been injured but that information was incorrect.  Our apologies for any inconvenience. "

Six fire engines were called to the incident and crews remain at the scene.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were alerted at 11.23am on Monday, May 3 to reports of a building on fire at Main Street, East Kilbride.

"Operations Control immediately mobilised six appliances and additional specialist rescue equipment to the three-storey tenement block.

“On arrival firefighters found the scene of a suspected gas explosion at a third floor flat."

Roads in the area are currently closed off as the emergency services work to make the building safe.

South Lanarkshire Council has urged members of the public to avoid the area.

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