Serious explosion at terraced house injures six people
Six people have been injured following an explosion at a terraced house in Greater Manchester during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
One person suffered major burns and five others suffered minor injuries in the incident, which left the property in Curzon Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, collapsed at both the front and back.
The blast happened at around 5am.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the terraced property and described how the explosion had caused the property to collapse at the front and back.
A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called to the scene at 5.07am and sent a "large resource team" to the scene.
The spokeswoman said: "There were six patients in total, five have minor injuries and one has major burns."
She confirmed that one patient was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, another to Wythenshawe Hospital and others to Tameside Hospital.
The cause of the explosion is currently unconfirmed.
Six fire engines were deployed to the scene and gas and electricity supplies were turned off at the house and four neighbouring properties.
Station manager Alan Ashworth, incident commander at the scene, said: "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 haven't been able to go inside the house as both the front back walls have completely collapsed."
Greater Manchester Police are also in attendance.
Curzon Road, Whiteacre Road and Clinton Street are all closed and people are asked to avoid the area if possible.