A man has told how he pulled a young boy from burning rubble after a massive 'gas' explosion destroyed homes in Scotland.
Four people from the same family, aged between 11 and 47, were all taken to hospital in 'serious condition' after the blast in the Gorse Park area of Ayr, Ayrshire yesterday at around 7.10pm
Alex Craig rushed to the scene after hearing a 'kaboom' and pulled the young boy from underneath rubble that was 'popping and crackling' from the flames.
Mr Craig told ITV: 'I had no other thoughts but just about getting folk out of there as quickly and as safely as possible.
'I said to myself "there's people that are going to be alive here" and then luckily enough there was that one wee boy that showed his face underneath the rubble and I just pulled him out right away.
'I can't explain it, I'm speechless to be honest. I'm just so happy that he was there.'
Alex Craig rushed to the scene after hearing a 'kaboom' and pulled a young boy from the burning rubble
Aerial view of the devastation cause by an explosion last night on Kincaidston Drive Ayr, Scotland, which forced locals to evacuate
Earlier today, police said two boys, aged 11 and 16, and two adults were being treated in different hospitals.
A woman aged 43 and a boy aged 16 are being treated in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and a man aged 47 is being treated in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. An 11-year-old boy is being treated in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Mr Craig said he was 'surprised' anybody could have survived the explosion, adding: 'Somebody must have been up there watching them, thank God.'
He also praised other local residents who rushed over to assist and helped with the rescue efforts.
Two adults and two children have been taken to hospital after last night's explosion at a South Ayrshire housing estate
Aerial images today showed one house in the terrace of four has been destroyed by the blast while the roof of another appears to have caved in and debris is scattered around the area.
The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, though local councillor Chris Cullen told BBC Good Morning Scotland that gas was to blame.
He said: 'It is quite harrowing actually. Early yesterday evening there was a row of houses and now there is a hole.
'Two-and-a-half houses are missing. It is quite shocking how far the debris has fallen and the damage it has caused.