A 63-year-old man has died following an explosion at a house in Haxby, York, police can confirm.
It is believed that there was one person in the property at the time of the explosion, which was reported around 7.30am today. The immediate family of the deceased has been informed.
Emergency services remain at the scene in Springwood, Haxby.
Some neighbouring properties have also been damaged. However, gas supplied have been isolated and emergency services are working with Northern Gas Networks to investigate the possible cause of the incident.
Local people may experience short-term interruptions to power while this work is carried out.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said more than 30 firefighter have been deployed.
They include specialist officers and an urban search and rescue team from West Yorkshire.
Firefighters tackled several small blazes and conducted a search of the scene.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust checked over two further people at the scene, although they did not require hospital treatment.
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