Aerial footage shows the devastation caused by a gas explosion which claimed the life of a two-year-old boy.

Video taken from a helicopter flying above Heysham in Lancashire underlines the extent of the destruction.

Bits of the house have been blasted metres away from where the property previously stood, which is now merely a crater filled with rubble.

A bed can be seen hanging down from an upstairs bedroom next door and personal items from the family are strewn throughout the ruins, Sky News reported.

Police confirmed earlier today that the huge gas blast claimed the live of George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months.

Aerial shots show devastating destruction of the deadly gas blast
Aerial shots show devastating destruction of the deadly gas blast

His heartbroken parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds were also injured, although not seriously.

In a tribute, they said: "We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful George.

"He was so precious to us. We have no words to describe how we feel and just want time to ourselves to come to terms with what has happened.

"Our beautiful little angel grew his wings today."

The explosion almost completely destroyed the home
The explosion almost completely destroyed the home
George Arthur Hinds was killed in the explosion
George Arthur Hinds was killed in the explosion

Two other people remain in hospital with injuries described as critical, according to Lancashire Police.

The emergency services, local authority and partners remain at the site and a safety cordon remains in place.

A number of residents have been evacuated and are being looked after by the local authority.

Gas service engineers are working to make the area safe.