A mother and four teenagers escaped a giant house explosion which blew the roof ‘100ft’ in the air and sent the front door flying off its hinges.
Mum Sabrina Burns, 37, was left with her pyjamas stuck to her skin after the blaze which ended with her and the youngsters in hospital .
Two are being treated for "life-threatening" injuries.
She was in the property with her son Jordan Ford, 18, and three of his friends when the house was rocked by the giant blast on Monday.
All five were brought out of the home but witnesses said it was a "miracle anyone was able to walk out of the house" at Llanbradach, near Caerphilly, South Wales.
Neighbours grabbed hose pipes and buckets of water to douse down the victims while waiting for dozens of firefighters.
Others tried to wrap the victims’ wounds in clingfilm before they were flown to specialist hospitals.
Dad Jason Ford, 39, is understood to have been on his way home from work when the fire broke out at tea-time.
Neighbour Mandy Short, 55, used her garden hose to pour water on trainee plasterer Jordan after he was injured.
She said: "When I heard it I thought a bus had hit the bus stop, you could hear all the glass breaking.
"The boy came up here, people had wrapped him in cling film and he had a wet towel on his back. I have a hose because I have a lot of plants in the garden so we were using that to pour water over.
"His girlfriend was hysterical. It was terrible, you could hear them screaming."
Jess Lewis, 23, said: "I heard three loud bangs, I thought it was kids playing but then I heard a woman screaming saying ‘someone please help me, help me’.
"The woman was sat on the pavement outside my house, she was badly burned.
"Neighbours were pouring water over her and the other people hurt.
"The front door of the house had blown out into the road."
Firefighters praised the quick-thinking neighbours after the blaze.
Michelle Burrow, 34, said: "At about half past five I ran out to try and help. A neighbour went in to get the mother out and there were more explosions after.
“The fire just tore through the house and went up through the roof in minutes. Even if the emergency services were on the doorstep I don’t think they would have been able to salvage anything.
“The emergency services got here as quickly as they could, there were five or six ambulances, two helicopters and three or four fire engines. It wasn’t until about 1 or 2am that it calmed down.
“Everyone here is just shocked and upset, it’s been very quiet there this morning. There’s a lot of community spirit in the area.”
Another woman neighbour said: "Everybody was helping out. The guy next door went in to get the mother out, he said her pyjamas were stuck to her.
"I’ve never seen anything like it. You see it on TV but you just don’t expect it a couple of doors away.
"To see the damage its done, it’s a miracle anyone was able to walk out alive."
Jason Evans, group manager for South Wales Fire and Rescue said: "On arrival our crews were faced with a well developed fire and a number of casualties being assisted by neighbours at the scene.
“First aid was carried out initially by neighbours, then by paramedics and fire officers at the scene.
“Five casualties have been conveyed to hospital suffering from their injuries, by both air and road ambulances.
“The fire was brought quickly under control by a total of five fire engines and one aerial ladder platform. A total of 25 firefighters in all.”
“Fire investigators are now working with the local authority building control officer to make sure the building is structurally sound to enable a meaningful investigation into the initial cause of the incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those injured.”
A probe is now underway into what caused the fire although a problem with the gas main was ruled out by a utilities company.
A spokesman for Gwent Police said: "It approximately 5:30pm on Monday we received reports of an explosion at a property on Dan-Y-Darren in Llanbradach, Caerphilly.
"The incident has caused significant damage to the premises and a cordon is in place as a safety precaution.
"Five people were taken to hospital, two currently have life-threatening injuries.
"A joint investigation is on-going in conjunction with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. No other people are being sought in connection with this incident.
"We appreciate the help and support of the community in Llanbradach."
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