An explosion at a terraced house in Manchester has seriously injured two people.
Emergency services were called to the blast on Cecil Road in Blackley, Manchester on Monday 16 January.
While the exact cause is currently unknown, the BBC has reported that the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service suspects it is gas related.
Five injured during explosion
A man was taken directly to Salford Royal Hospital by ambulance, while another casualty was sent to Wythenshawe Hospital, a spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said.
As well as the two seriously injured people, three others were also believed to have been treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the blast was not yet known.
A spokesman for the service said five crews of firefighters were called to the partially collapsed end terraced house. Crews assessed the scene and carried out searches of the area.
Property secured during search
Station Commander Merl Forrer, incident commander for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the team shored up the property and used dogs to search the scene to ensure nobody was trapped inside.
The team worked with a number of partners to determine the cause of the explosion. The road was closed.
Police were also at the scene of the explosion.
Firefighters rescued a small kitten from the debris of the house.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service posted photos of the kitten on Twitter and said: “Firefighters have rescued this little kitten from the debris at the house explosion in Blackley. It’s being very well looked after.”
Date Published: January 27, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown