At 6.35 this morning we were woken by a HUGE explosion. The whole house shook. It was much louder than any firework or thunderclap. We sprang out of bed and ran to the front door and saw a big cloud of smoke arising from down below, in the town centre area near the pharmacy. All around us the neighbours were on their terraces, trying to see what had happened. From our house we couldn't see much else, we did'nt know what had happened.
A neighbour with a house adjacent to the road suddenly came tearing down his steps and ran towards the smoke. A few houses across from us a friend saw us from his balcony and called over to us but all we heard was something about a roof collapsed and flames. Wew shouted backc that we couldn't hear him and he beckoned us to come over to his house.
I grabbed my camera and ran over to his terrace and saw that there had been an explosion in a house above the pharmacy. The roof had collapsed and flames poured out from the side of the house. Debris was scattered all over the road below and people were arriving with fire extinguishers and ladders. There were two people trapped inside, we knew who they were, and distressingly we could hear the woman crying for help.
As we watched there was another small explosion, more of a pop and the flames at the side of the house grew bigger. Someone climbed on top of the roof with a fire extinguisher (probably from the nearby petrol station)and tried to put out the flames, as a neighbour aimed a hose-pipe into the fire.
After about 40 minutes the woman was brought out on a stretcher and another 10 minutes later her partner was helped outide, walking, supported by two people. They were taken away seperately by ambulances. The mountain rescue truck arrived to help combat the flames, which were soon under control and an hour after the explosion a fire engine arrived.
Soon after, a few helicopters arrived and started circling, I think this will be on the news later.