Two adults and two children remain in hospital following an explosion in a residential area of Ayrshire.

At around 7.10pm on Monday night, emergency services were called to the scene in the Gorse Park area of Ayr.

Residents have been evacuated from part of the Kincaidston area following the incident on Monday evening and two rest centres have been set up to take care of them.

Police said four houses were affected by the explosion and that inquiries were continuing into the cause of the explosion.

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Local councillor Chris Cullen told BBC Good Morning Scotland that gas caused the explosion.

Describing the scene, he told the programme: “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.”

He added: “It has been a gas explosion, the exact details of how that happened aren’t released yet.”

Shocking images show the extent of the damage that the blast has caused.

HeraldScotland: The fire service said there were still two appliances at the scene at 9.10am on Tuesday morning.The fire service said there were still two appliances at the scene at 9.10am on Tuesday morning.

HeraldScotland: Euan Bryson, who lives in the adjacent housing estate described the scene as 'chaotic'Euan Bryson, who lives in the adjacent housing estate described the scene as 'chaotic'

HeraldScotland: Social media users said they heard the explosion from miles awaySocial media users said they heard the explosion from miles away

HeraldScotland: Gas distribution company SGN was helping emergency services yesterday eveningGas distribution company SGN was helping emergency services yesterday evening

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