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Blaze sparked by electrical fault resulting from theft of copper wire

Firefighters have released astonishing footage of a massive explosion which destroyed a row of houses - just seconds after residents had been evacuated, the Daily Mail has reported. The blast, which happened just yards from a group of firemen, was caused by an electrical fault resulting from the theft of copper wire. One resident called the fire service to the scene in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

'Instead, they lost their homes and possessions rather than their lives. If people continue to tamper with equipment on the electricity network, it is only a matter of time before more people die.'

A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: 'If the house had exploded only seconds earlier, there is no doubt in my mind that it would have killed or seriously injured the occupants and the firefighters who were risking their lives to rescue them. We can’t stress enough how devastating this could have been.

A local man has now been arrested on suspicion of stealing the cable.

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