Three people have suffered serious injuries after an explosion destroyed a terrace house, in England.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to the property in Curzon Road, Ashton under-Lyne, at around 5am yesterday and arrived to find the front and back of the building had collapsed.
Incident commander at the scene Alan Ashworth said the number of casualties had risen to “at least 10” — telling reporters at the scene they are “concerned” for three of these as they have “quite severe burns and lacerations”.
He said that crews were initially called to reports of a blaze but when they arrived firemen found a “number of people injured on the floor”, saying it was obvious there had been an explosion.
He said: “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.”
Six fire engines were deployed to the scene and gas and electricity supplies were turned off at the house and four neighbouring properties.
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