A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after a gas explosion. 

Firefighters were called to a flat on Keighley Road, Frizinghall, at 7.30pm on Saturday and found two men with burns to their heads and shoulders.

A senior firefighter at Shipley Fire Station said one of the men suffered significant injuries and they took the unusual step to take both of them to hospital in the back of their fire engine.

The Telegraph and Argus understands this saved the more seriously injured man's life.

Firefighters spent almost six hours at the scene, making the property safe along with Northern Powergrid.

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford District CID, said: “We are continuing to investigate a gas explosion at the property which occurred early Saturday evening.

“Some cannabis plants were found in the property, which has been made safe.

“Two men in their forties who suffered serious burn injuries in the incident remain in hospital, where they are receiving further treatment.

"One is currently in a critical but stable condition. The other’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

“Further enquiries are being made at the scene today and anyone with information which may assist is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101, quoting log number 1620 of 1 December, or via the live chat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website.”