Man in hospital after explosion at house as public urged to avoid area

Emergency services were called to Broomage Crescent in Larbert on Saturday afternoon.

Man in hospital and house on fire after explosion in Larbert, Falkirk iStock

A man is in hospital after an explosion caused a house to erupt in flames in Falkirk.

Emergency services were called to Broomage Crescent in Larbert on Saturday afternoon after reports of a loud bang and a fire at a property.

The man was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and people have been urged to avoid the Broomage area “for their own safety”.

Nearby properties have been evacuated and the situation remains ongoing.

Six appliances are still currently in attendance with crews working to extinguish the fire.

SFRS group commander Andy McDermott said: “We would ask the public to avoid the area for their safety as well as motorists to help maintain access for emergency service vehicles.

“We thank the community for their ongoing support.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.40pm on Saturday, 26 February, police were called to reports of an explosion at a property on Broomage Crescent, Larbert.

“Emergency services are at the scene and a number of nearby buildings have been evacuated.

“One man has been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary by ambulance for treatment.

“We would advise people to avoid the area at this time for their own safety and to allow enquiries to continue.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 1.43pm to attend an incident on Broomage Crescent, Larbert.

“A range of resources were sent to the scene and a patient was transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.”