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Elderly couple survive gas blast

An elderly couple have been injured after a massive gas explosion at their home.

The 86-year-old man and 85-year-old woman were taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingstone after suffering what are thought to be minor injuries in the blast at just before 8am this morning (Thursday).

Early reports to police suggested the force of the explosion had blown the roof off the property at Loaninghall Park in Uphall in West Lothian.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “We are at the scene , the road has been closed and all the relevant authorities are there trying to assess what caused this incident.

“The people in nearby houses have been evacuated and up to 40 people are now being looked after at Uphall Community Education Centre.

“The damage to the house appears quiet substantial and the local council’s Building Control department has said it will need to be demolished.”

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed inspectors are working alongside police officers at the scene.