A WOMAN was heard screaming for help after a suspected gas explosion murder-suicide bid in Govan.

A man and woman were hospitalised after the blast at a block of flats on Kennedar Drive on Friday morning.

The incident, believed to be domestic in nature, unfolded around 7.05am.

The couple were taken by ambulance to separate Glasgow hospitals.

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The 26-year-old man was taken by ambulance to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary after sustaining burn injuries. Medical staff describe his condition as critical.

The 30-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment to minor injuries. She has since been discharged.

Emergency services evacuated an additional 23 residents as a precaution but have since allowed them to return home.

Forensic officers are carrying out investigations in and around the property.
Shocked eyewitnesses reported seeing a woman 'screaming for help' after the explosion smashed the windows of the flat.

Neighbour, Lola Ayangoke, said: “I was awoken by a large bang and I came outside to see the woman screaming for help out of the window. She was leaning out the window screaming ‘help me, help, help’.

“The man was cowering down next to her in the window like this (she crouched down on the floor and covered her head with her arms).

“He didn’t say a word, I think he was in shock.

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“She was carried out the window on the ladder.”

Denise Smith, a neighbour living in the house next door to explosion, added: “I woke up to the glass shattering and I could hear the woman screaming.

“I thought it was a domestic at first and then I could hear the neighbours screaming for help. It was about seven o’clock."

Superintendent Craig Smith, Greater Glasgow Police Division, said: "Enquiries carried out so far have revealed that the explosion was as a result of a deliberate act within the flat. The flat has been significantly damaged, however, the impact of the blast did not affect other properties in the block and the 23 people who had been evacuated have been allowed back into their homes. 

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"Kennedar Drive remains closed to vehicular traffic until further notice." 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was called to reports of an explosion at a block of flats on Kennedar Drive shortly after 7am.

A spokesman added: “Operations Control mobilised three fire engines and an aerial appliance to the scene, where two casualties were assisted to safety and passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“A male casualty was transported by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and the female casualty was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“Residents were also evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.

“Two fire engines remain at the scene, as crews work to make the area safe.”

The flats are owned by GHA. Managing director Jennifer Russell said: “Our staff were on the scene to help residents affected as soon as we were alerted. People were allowed back in shortly after the incident but we’ll continue to support them with anything they need.

“We’re also working closely with the police and fire services.”

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