Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 8:43 AM Source: Thames Valley Police/Twitter Several injured after explosion and major blaze at Oxford flats Up to 40 firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out yesterday evening. Feb 15th 2017, 8:43 AM 2 Comments Source: Luke Sproule/ScreengrabA NUMBER OF people have been injured after an explosion at a block of flats in Oxford.Emergency services in the central southern English city were alerted at around 4.45pm yesterday following reports of an explosion, a fire and the collapse of a building.Thames Valley Police said residents had been evacuated from nearby properties. The local ambulance service also responded. The BBC reported that up to 40 firefighters dealt with the blaze. http://jrnl.ie/3240431 VIDEO: Huge explosion and fire in Oxford https://t.co/AVFjELjFOr pic.twitter.com/uHhgcYeqeB— Oxford Times (@oxfordtimes) February 14, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Daragh Brophy Source: Oxford Times/Twitter I went downstairs and opened the back door and there was a series of explosions lasting two or three minutes. The first was so loud I was alarmed by it. The rest were not so loud. They were like fireworks or gun shots.The paper reported that emergency workers had been scouring the rubble in the aftermath of the incident.Further updates are expected from local emergency services this morning.Read: Eight killed in knife attack on Chinese crowd >Read: UKIP leader forced to deny own statement that he lost a close friend at Hillsborough disaster > Emergency services on scene Osney Lane and Gibbs Crescent, Oxford. Reports of explosion and collapse of a property. Pls avoid the area.— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) February 14, 2017 9,928 Views Share5 Tweet Email “At about 4.45pm or 4.50pm I was upstairs and there was an enormous bang,” Mike Magee, who lives nearby, told the Oxford Times.“I thought ‘oh my God’ somebody’s boiler has gone off. Short URL The cause of the explosion is unknown.“We are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the incident however we are not treating it as terrorism-related,” Chief Inspector of Thames Valley Police Marc Tarbit said in a statement.Oxfordshire County Council said last night that a number of people were still unaccounted for.