Search underway for people feared missing after western Sydney unit explodes

Rescuers are desperately searching for people believed to be trapped inside a unit block in Sydney’s west that “exploded”, throwing rubble and debris across the road.

Emergency services were called to Waikanda Cres in Whalan just before 1pm on Saturday following reports that the second level of the building had “exploded”.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesperson said rescuers were still searching through debris for a number of people believed missing from the house.

Several people had previously been removed from the property, with two taken to Mt Druitt Hospital in an unknown condition.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said two more patients were believed to have been taken to Western Sydney Hospital, but this was not yet confirmed.

The explosion which occurred on Saturday lunchtime triggered a mammoth response from emergency services.

At least 12 FRNSW appliances were still on scene along with ambulance crews, including rescue teams, hazardous materials teams and aerial appliances.

Locals took to social media following reports of a major blast in the area.

“I was in my backyard in the park in Lethbridge and I heard and heard this,” one local said.

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