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Incident Date: 12 November 2015
A MAN has been taken to hospital with serious burns after a fire and explosion in Failsworth.
Three fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Grimshaw Avenue just after 7.30pm on Thursday, November 12, after around 20 calls to North West Fire Control.
People reported hearing an explosion and there were concerns that there may be somebody inside.
When crews arrived a 40-year-old man was suffering burns and there was a fire involving a gas cylinder in the garage of a house.
A cordon was put in place while crews in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and make the scene safe.
They carried out a search of the property but thankfully there was nobody else involved. The fire was contained to the garage.
It’s believed that the explosion and fire started accidentally but a full investigation into the exact cause will be carried out in due course.
Station Manager Steve Twinn, who was in charge of the incident, said: “We were called to a garage that is used as a workshop and there was an explosion that we believe was caused by a propane cylinder.
“Firefighters made the scene safe and the man was taken to hospital by ambulance. His injuries aren’t thought to be life-threatening.”
Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service were also on the scene.