Following an explosion that left a building in U.K.'s Leicester in flames on Sunday, four people were sent to the hospital in critical condition, according to local emergency agencies.
Initially, the public was asked by Leicester police to stay away from the road where the accident happened just after 7 p.m. while first responders tended to what was described as a "major incident."
As per the report, there is no indication of if the emergency was terrorist-related. The media and public were said not to speculate about the cause.
Explosion and Fire in UK's Leicester: 4 Critically Injured, Luckily No One Died
The police department said,
The cause of the explosion will be the subject of a joint investigation by the police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service,
The Fire and Rescue Service said that the explosion into Leicester's city center was being treated as a search-and-rescue operation. A hazardous material and six fire engines response team were deployed.
According to University Hospitals of Leicester, among the injured people taken to a local hospital, four are in critical condition. The nature of their injuries wasn't made public.
Video footage obtained from the scene shows a building appeared engulfed in towering flames and a number of police cars, ambulances, and firefighters stationed nearby.
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A number of buildings near the burning one were damaged, police said.
Eyewitnesses said that there was thick smoke in the area and neighbor told Sky News that she lives 500 yards away and felt her apartment shake with the explosion.