Woman was on fire after Alfreton Road shop explosion
A WOMAN suffered serious burns after a devastating explosion in Nottingham.
The blast blew the front of the former Simba grocery shop 35ft across Alfreton Road and brought traffic to a standstill.
The woman's clothing was alight when she staggered out of the shop and was put out by the owners of a neighbouring shop.
Firefighters say she suffered 30 per cent burns.
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Graham Smith, owner of the Clarence Hotel, which is next door, helped the woman with his colleague Louise Barker. Mr Smith, 48, said: "I ran out and heard the girl screaming. She was still on fire."
Nurses based in offices across the road from the shop also tended to the woman, who was described as black and in her late 20s, before she was taken to hospital.
The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is thought a gas cylinder was involved.