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People hurt in Ashton House Explosion

Borough: All

Incident Date: 09 August 2016

UPDATED: Friday, August 12, 3.3045

INVESTIGATIONS are now underway in Curzon Road following the explosion on Tuesday.

An update will be issued as soon as the investigation into the cause of the incident has concluded.

UPDATED: Thursday, August 11, 3.30pm

FIREFIGHTERS remain in Curzon Road following the blast on Tuesday.

Investigations into the cause have not yet taken place and will happen as soon as they can.

Once the cause of the incident has been established it will be shared, here on the website and on our Twitter account @manchesterfire


UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 4.15pm

FIREFIGHTERS are set to remain in Curzon Road overnight following the blast yesterday.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is yet to take place.  Investigations are likely to take place tomorrow, or as soon as the area is deemed safe for officers to enter.

UPDATE from GMP, Tuesday, August 9, 9.40pm

A MAN has died following an explosion at a house in Ashton.

Shortly before 5.10am this morning officers were called to Curzon Road following reports of a fire and explosion at a property.

Officers attended and discovered a house with substantial damage and a number of injured people, who were taken to hospital.

Sadly, a 63-year-old man has subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Officers from both Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are currently investigating the circumstances behind the fire.

Road closures are currently in place including Curzon Road from Halford Street, and Whiteacre Road.

UPDATE: 4.30pm, Tuesday, August 9

FIREFIGHTERS have been in Curzon Road since 5am and are set to remain there throughout the night, following an explosion that left several people injured.

Crew members have used their jets to remove loose debris from the houses severely damaged by the blast and a demolition company has taken off the roof.

There are currently three fire engines at the scene and one engine will remain there through the night.

Investigations into the cause of the incident are due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10.

Please see our Twitter feed @manchesterfire for updates from the scene.
 

UPDATED: 12:09pm Video Interview with Station Manager Alan Ashworth

UPDATED: 10am, Tuesday, August 9

AT least 10 people have been injured following an explosion in a house in Ashton-under-Lyne this morning.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to a terraced property in Curzon Road just after 5am.

Firefighters in six fire engines described how the explosion had caused the property to collapse at both the front and back. The gas and electricity supplies were turned off at the house and four neighbouring properties.

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Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service are at the scene. Paramedics treated the casualties and they have now been taken to hospital. 

Station Manager Alan Ashworth, incident commander at the scene, said: “We were called initially to a fire and when crews arrived there were a number of people injured on the floor and it was obvious there had been an explosion in the house. We helped them but they were later treated by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service while we tackled the fire using covering jets. 

"We are now aware that there are at least 10 casualties. Some are suffering with burns and lacerations. We don't have full details of the casualties, but we now know three people were inside the property at the time of the explosion. Some people were also injured while helping to rescue people. We had one person who brought a mattress for one of the casualties to get out.

"We have stabilising equipment on both sides of the building as there is a potential risk of collapse. We are aware of two collapses so far and therefore are trying to prevent another. Therefore the cordon and road closures will remain in place for now. 

"We don't yet know the cause of the explosion and our fire investigation team are at the scene working with the police."

Curzon Road, Whiteacre Road and Clinton Street are all closed and people are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Here are some pictures taken from the GMFRS air unit at the scene earlier this morning. If using please credit GMFRS:

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Last update: 12/08/2016 15:44:05
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