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UPDATED: Man seriously injured after fire and explosion at house in Manchester

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 20 June 2016

INVESTIGATIONS with GMP are ongoing at Abbey Hey Lane and firefighters and officers remain in attendance at the scene following the fire and gas explosion yesterday morning.

This afternoon thorough searches of the building have been carried out and it has been confirmed that nobody else is involved.

Updated at 5.30pm 21.6.16

A 38-YEAR-OLD man remains in a serious condition in hospital after a fire and gas explosion in Gorton.

GMFRS search and rescue teams and the search dog Ace have spent the afternoon carrying out primary searches of the building and it is not believed that there is anyone else involved.  

Crews have been working with contractors and the local council to make the building safe and they have been extinguishing small pockets of fire that remained.

An investigation is expected to begin tomorrow morning in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police.

The incident has been scaled down and just one crew will remain in attendance overnight to ensure the scene is safe.

Updated at 5.30pm 20.6.16

FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have been called to a fire and gas explosion at a house in Manchester. 

Crews were called to a mid-terraced house on Abbey Hey Lane at 10.07am on Monday, June 20, 2016, following several emergency calls. 

A dangerous buildings inspector was requested due to part of the building collapsing at the back of the house. 

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Crews have contained the fire to the ground floor of the house involved and there are no signs of fire or gas having spread to adjoining properties. 

GMFRS Group Manager Paul Etches, who is in charge of the incident, said: "We were called to incident after residents heard a large bang.  

"When the crew arrived they found a man who was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

"Our Technical Response Unit is working to make the building safe as quickly as possible so firefighters can carry out a thorough search of the property. 

"Abbey Hey Lane will remain closed for some time, which is affecting the 7, 168 and 169 bus routes. 

"We'd like to thank residents for their patience while we work to resolve this incident."  

There are four fire engines, an aerial appliance and a number of specialist rescue units on the scene, including the Technical Response and Major Rescue Units. 

Abbey Hey Lane is currently closed between Constable Street and Vine Street.

Updated 12.30pm 20.6.16

Last update: 21/06/2016 17:28:54
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