Search underway for people feared missing after western Sydney unit explodes

Rescuers are desperately searching for people they believe are trapped in a western Sydney unit block that “exploded” and sent rubble and debris across the street.

Emergency services were called to Waikanda Cres in Whalan shortly before 1pm on Saturday after reports that the second floor of the building had “blown away”.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said rescue workers were still searching the rubble for more people who were believed to be missing from the house.

A number of people were previously removed from the property and two were taken to Mt Druitt Hospital in an unknown condition.

A NSW Ambulance Service spokesman said two other patients were also expected to be taken to a hospital in western Sydney, but this was yet to be confirmed.

The Saturday lunchtime explosion sparked a massive response from emergency services.

At least 12 FRNSW appliances were still at the scene along with rescue teams, including rescue teams, hazmat teams and aerial devices.

Locals took to social media following reports of a loud bang in the area.

“I was in my backyard in Lethbridge Park and I felt and heard it,” said one local.

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