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Incident Date: 16 January 2017
Update - 4:30PM
Fire crews are still in attendance at the house explosion in Blackley with the Tactical Response Unit currently shoring up the house – to ensure firefighters can safely work in the area.
It has now been confirmed there are three casualties resulting from the explosion and we will remain on the scene whilst we continue to investigate the cause of the explosion.
At 12:40PM on Monday, January 16, five crews from Blackley, Ashton, Manchester Central, Broughton and Chadderton were called to a partially collapsed end terrace in Victoria Avenue, Blackley.
Crews are assessing the scene and carrying out a primary search of the area.
There are five reported casualties at the scene, two of whom have been taken to hospital.
An aerial unit from Stretford is on route, along with two TRUs from Ashton and Leigh, a command unit from Rochdale, a timber unit from Rochdale and a fire dog.
Station Commander Merl Forrer, Incident Commander said: “We are currently shoring up the property and using dogs to search the scene to ensure nobody is trapped inside. The building is partially collapsed and we are working effectively with partners to determine a cause of the explosion. The road the property is on is currently closed and we advise people to avoid the area if possible.”