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Harpurhey cafe explosion - Saturday, January 14

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 14 January 2017

Update - 7.00am (Sunday, January 15)

FIREFIGHTERS left the scene last night after six and a half hours dealing with the incident.  Fire Investigations will now start to identify the cause of the explosion. 

Update - 8.40pm 

FIRE engines have been scaled down at the scene on Rochdale Road, with only two remaining. The firefighters are now checking for any remaining 'hot spots' in the burnt out cafe.

Investigations into the cause of the explosion will be carried out by the fire investigation team as soon as it is safe to.  

Update - 6.15pm 

EARLY indicators show that the fire in the cafe in Harpurhey started with a chip pan in the kitchen. Investigations are still underway as to what caused the explosion. 

Three fire engines remain at the scene and the incident is under control.

Update - 5.45pm

FIREFIGHTERS will be at the scene of the Harpurhey cafe explosion for the rest of the evening. 

Precautionary checks of the neighbouring properties have now been carried out and gas readings of zero have been recorded and the gas supply for the cafe is in the process of being isolated. Once this is done, then the immediate area will be able to have their gas and electricity turned back on.   

Update - 4.40pm 

FIREFIGHTERS were called to an explosion in Rochdale Road, Harpurhey at 3.06pm today (Saturday, January 14).

Four fire engines from Blackley, Manchester Central and Philips Park attended the explosion in a mid-terrace café, along with the technical rescue unit. Firefighters using hose reels and wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze. 

One man has been treated for burns by North West Ambulance Service. At the moment, we are not aware of any other casualties.

Rochdale Road in Harpurhey is currently closed and traffic is being diverted. People are being asked to avoid the area if at all possible.

Last update: 15/01/2017 07:32:32
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