10 in­jured in ter­race house blast

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AN ex­plo­sion de­stroyed a ter­race house and left three peo­ple with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the prop­erty at around 5am on Tues­day and ar­rived to find the front and back of the build­ing had col­lapsed.

In­ci­dent com­man­der at the scene in Ashton un­der-Lyne, Greater Manch­ester, Alan Ash­worth said the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties had risen to “at least 10”, and added that they are “con­cerned” for three of these as they have “quite se­vere burns and lac­er­a­tions”.

He said crews were ini­tially called to re­ports of a blaze but when they ar­rived they found a “num­ber of peo­ple in­jured on the floor”, say­ing it was “ob­vi­ous” there had been an ex­plo­sion.

He added: “We know three peo­ple were in­side the prop­erty at the time. Some peo­ple were also in­jured while help­ing to res­cue peo­ple.

“We have sta­bil­is­ing equip­ment on both sides of the build­ing as there is a po­ten­tial risk of col­lapse.

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

He re­vealed that a man, woman and their adult daugh­ter lived at the prop­erty.

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