A house in Blackrock has been completely destroyed by an explosion this afternoon.

Dublin Fire Brigade says the front of the house at St Anne's Square, Temple Road, collapsed following the explosion.

Five people were taken to hospital following the blast.

It is understood three of those taken to hospital were in a house nearby at the time of the explosion and one other person was a passer-by.

The five people injured were treated for shock and minor injuries and none of them were seriously hurt.

The cause of the blast is not known but Bord Gáis personnel are assisting in the investigation.

St Anne's Square and Temple Road are closed due to the incident.

Temple Road in Blackrock remains closed off and will be closed tomorrow.

Gardaí say they expect that Dun Laoaghaire-Rathdown County Council may carry out some demolition work at the site tomorrow to make it safe.