Incredible footage has emerged showing a heroic lone firefighter searching through rubble for injured after an Ayr house exploded.
A video taken by a neighbour just doors down from where one house was completely destroyed by a huge blast captured the moment an emergency rescuer climbs through debris.
Barry Broughton who lives on Gorse Park in the Kincaidston area was shortly evacuated after he stood with shocked neighbours who looked on in horror and filmed the chaotic scenes.
The dad-of-two, 30, phoned 999 immediately after hearing a huge bang that sounded like bricks hitting off his windows.
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When he left his house he couldn't believe his eyes as dozens of emergency vehicles arrived to the scene "within minutes".
Barry told Ayrshire Live: "When it happened we thought someone had put a brick through our window.
"We opened the door and looked down the street, you could see the house was gone.
"The emergency services were there within minutes, it was a quick response and all you could see was blue lights.
"People were in a real panic, it didn't take long to realise the severity of the situation.
"You could hear neighbours screaming there's children in there and people screaming from the rubble, folk were crying it was just one of those moments where you felt helpless.
"I could see crews climbing over rubble looking for people, they had torches on and were trying to search through the wreckage.
"We were evacuated quite quickly we had to leave with just the clothes on our backs."
Police have today confirmed a line of enquiry is that horrific incident was caused by a gas explosion.
Gas board workers in the area working with officers and Scottish Fire and Rescue to determine the cause of the blast.
Barry has told how he could smell gas yesterday afternoon but never thought it would be a cause for concern.
He added: "I took my car to the garage around 3pm yesterday and when we came back there was a really strong smell of gas, but I never thought anything of it.
"It was just in the air, it smelt like when someone leaves the gas on a cooker."
Earlier it was confirmed that a family of four were left seriously injured by the blast.
A 16-year-old boy and his 43-year-old mum are currently in a serious condition in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Police also confirmed that the 47-year-old dad is also in a serious condition in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and their youngest an 11-year-old boy is in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Area commander Ian McMeekin, the local senior officer for East, North and South Ayrshire announced Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would be aiding Police Scotland in a joint investigation into the massive blast in Kincaidston.
A total of nine fire crews were scrambled to the scene just after 7pm last night. Four terrace houses were affected by the explosion and crews worked to extinguish any fires and make the area safe.
A family of four were rushed to hospital shortly after the incident. This afternoon, two fire appliances remain at the scene.
LSO McMeekin said: "Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this incident.
"This has been an extremely complex and challenging incident which significantly damaged multiple properties in the area and resulted in the evacuation of other nearby homes. We will remain in attendance for some time as we work with our partners to ensure the area is safe.
"A joint investigation alongside Police Scotland will be carried out in due course to establish the full facts and circumstances."
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