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Newspaper bids to raise £5,000 for victims of house blast

A regional daily is bidding to raise £5,000 to help a community left devastated after an explosion ripped through a terraced house.

A family and their neighbours were forced out of their homes and nearby businesses forced to close after the blast in Blackburn on Sunday.

Now the Lancashire Telegraph is launching a fundraising campaign via GoFundMe to financially support those affected by the blast, with the aim of raising £5,000.

Sunday’s explosion was enough to bring down the walls and roof of one house, with witnesses saying it looked like a ‘bomb had gone off.’


Fire crews pulled a man from the rubble of the home before he was taken to hospital by ambulance where he remains in a stable condition.

Windows were blown out, cars parked outside were damaged, and bricks and roof tiles were ripped off the neighbouring house, with residents and a nearby business still unable to access their premises.

Telegraph editor Richard Duggan said: “It’s tough times like these where Lancashire folk really come into their own and show support for those who are in need.

“We’ve already seen a great amount of support for those impacted by the terrible explosion but we know there will be plenty more people who will want to do their bit – that’s why we’ve launched this fundraiser in partnership with GoFundMe.

“We know this time of year is tough – and this year tougher than previous ones for numerous reasons – but we’re sure local people will dig deep to help those impacted.”

Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “This is a really lovely gesture from the Lancashire Telegraph.

“Since the incident happened, we’ve seen such strong community spirit with people doing whatever they can to support the residents directly affected – that kindness and compassion has been absolutely wonderful to see.”

You can visit the GoFundMe page here.