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Wednesday, 23 May, 2001, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Three held after gas explosion
Explosion scene
Fire crews say the force of the explosion was huge
Three men have been arrested following a gas explosion in Lancashire which destroyed three buildings.

Detectives have been questioning one of the men in hospital in connection with the incident in Blackburn. He was injured in the blast and was arrested at the scene.

Fire crews had to tackle a burning gas main and a number of roads in the town were closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene in the Bank Top area of the town just before 0300BST on Wednesday.

The New Agra takeaway restaurant on King Street and two nearby properties were destroyed.

Emergency services
Investigators examine the scene
A local high school situated opposite the restaurant was closed.

Sub Officer Gary Monk from Lancashire Fire Service said the force of the explosion was huge.

"The damage is total destruction. Both the restaurant involved and the gable-ended property will have to come down at the earliest opportunity," he said.

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