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Man seriously injured in explosion at Hyde house
Tuesday 4th July 2017 @ 12:45 by Nigel Skinner
Gorton & Openshaw Hyde News Stalybridge Tameside

Emergency services were on the scene quickly

A man has been seriously injured in a house explosion in Hyde this morning.

Two men were injured in the incident, both being taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, but one man suffered extensive burns to 85 per cent and is reported to be in a life threatening condition.

Back of the flat

Around 30 firefighters and officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are still dealing with the incident in Hyde following the explosion at the property.

The fire service was called at 10.46am today with three fire engines, from Stalybridge and Gorton, along with a Technical Response Unit and a Major Rescue Unit from Leigh attending Meadowfield Court following reports of the explosion.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used hose reels to tackle the fire which involved a terraced house.

The property is situated close to Hyde Community College which was evacuated for a time.

An air ambulance was sent to the scene but wasn’t required.

One neighbour told us she heard a huge bang. She went outside to see flames blazing from the top floor roof and front window.

Incident Commander and Group Manager Dean Nankivell says one victim of the explosion has burns to 85 per cent of his body and is in a life-threatening condition.

He said the fire was extinguished very quickly once crews arrived at the scene.

He added that an extensive team are investigating the cause of the explosion which could have been caused by a gas leak – although it is too early to say what the cause is yet.

Fire investigators and scene of crime officers are continuing investigations.

Hero workman

Workman Tony Cantwell was working opposite the scene when the explosion happened and raced to the house to help, pulling the injured men from the burning building.

“One of the lads I was with shouted there had been an explosion. I rushed over to the property which was well alight, outside it was full of rubble and tiles. The door was hanging off so I kicked that out of the way and ran upstairs. There was a gentleman on the landing in a bad way and so I grabbed him and pulled him out.

“The upstairs was well alight – you don’t think of yourself you just think of others. I got the man outside and someone said there was another man inside who is disabled and in a wheelchair, so I went back in and got him as well.

Police attended the scene

“If you can do something for people you just do it don’t you – you don’t think of yourself.”

He said one man was clearly badly injured.

“All we could do was make him as comfortable as possible and wait for the ambulance and responders to come. He was in agony.”

‪The Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service Dog Unit has now arrived on the scene as the cause of the explosion is investigated.

The property concerned belongs to Your Housing Group. Meadowfield Court is a general rental scheme aimed at the over 55s.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Your Housing Group were alerted to reports of an explosion at Meadowfield Court, Hyde, just before 11am by the Greater Manchester Fire Service. A Your Housing Group response team was sent immediately to the location. We are currently working with the emergency services and remain on site to support and reassure affected residents.”