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Dad-of-six dies on his 56th birthday after house exploded when he checked on it after neighbours smelled gas

A DAD-OF-SIX died on his 56th birthday after a suspected gas explosion that destroyed a family's house when they were stranded abroad.

Munir Hussain suffered 90 per cent burns in the blast when he went to check on his relative's house in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, after neighbours smelled gas yesterday.

The family-of-five, who live in the house at Crescent Walk, Ravensthorpe, were stranded in Pakistan due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Mr Hussain, was rushed to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, but died at 1.30am on his 56th birthday.

His nephew Waj Ali said: "Uncle Munir, of Crescent, Ravensthorpe, has sadly passed away.”

A second male suffered a head injury after being hit by debris and flying masonry as the front wall of the brick terraced house was blown off in the blast exposing the bedrooms and lower rooms.

Local residents reported hearing a "huge booming sound" as the whole street shook.


Terrifying footage showed the blast reducing the house to rubble after the  explosion at 11.40am.

Debris is seen flying from the front of the house as the blast rips through the two-floor home on Crescent Walk.

One neighbour described hearing a loud bang that shook the entire street.

He said: "It's just exploded. Both sides. Bang.It proper shook my bed. That's what woke me up.

"I thought it was an earthquake. My wife started screaming.

It was a huge booming sound and the whole street was shaking


"She said 'I think a house has blown up'. I ran outside and I saw it all in flames with a guy trying to crawl out into the back garden.

"His clothes must have shredded."

An eyewitness told Yorkshire Live: "My dad came running downstairs and we ran out of the house because we thought it was unsafe.

"It was a huge booming sound and the whole street was shaking.'

Another said: "It shook the whole street, I haven't felt anything like it."

Flames and think black smoke billowed from the roof as on-lookers took photographs and awaited the arrival of emergency services.

A man claiming to be a relative of the family said at the scene yesterday: "My brother has taken his family to Pakistan and the house was been looked after by another brother.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers and fire and ambulance services found the property had suffered "significant damage and was on fire.”

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