A man is in a critical condition and has been rushed to the hospital with serious burns following a suspected gas explosion in Parap this morning.
Residents on Gregory Street reported hearing the blast around 2:30am.
Around 2:45am, emergency services attended a report of an explosion at an apartment complex on Gregory Street. The room was found “extensively damaged”, police said.
Reports from the scene indicate personal belongings are seen hanging off trees at the site.
A 52-year-old man, the apartment’s sole occupant, sustained serious burn injuries and has been rushed to the Royal Darwin Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A crime scene has been established at the site as police and fire examiner continue with their investigation.
Neighbour Eric Tongo told the ABC that he suspects it was a gas bottle that exploded.
“I could smell gas. There was no fire or anything,” Mr Tongo said.
He also said that the explosion was so strong it cracked his wall.
“It was an incredible noise, very big. It affected my room a little bit, my power has gone out and there’s a crack in the adjoining wall,” he told the ABC. “I had to go and put some new undies on.”
“The unit that is adjoined to my unit is now just blown to pieces.”
He said the occupant of the room where the explosion happened managed to get out but he is unsure of his condition.
“I did see the man get out, he didn’t look very well. I just can’t believe he’s alive,” he said.
“I just hope this fella is alright, I believe he may be in intensive care so I really hope he ends up okay.”