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Hyde flat fire under investigation
Friday 8th September 2017 @ 10:07 by Nigel P.
Community Hyde Tameside

Damage following an explosion at a flat Meadowfield Court in Newton, in July earlier this year.

Fire Service and police investigators are looking into the cause of a blaze at a  flat in Hyde that is suspected to have been started deliberately.                     

Fire crews were alerted to the fire at Meadowfield Court,Newton, Hyde, just after 4.3oam on Thursday, (September 7).

Three fire engines from Ashton-Under-Lyne, Stalybridge and Hyde responded and found that the ground floor of the building was already well alight.

The crews had to use six breathing apparatus and two hose reels to bring the blaze under control.

One woman who lives in an adjacent property was assessed by paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, it is thought that she did not need any treatment.

Firefighters remained on the scene for two hours and 15 minutes. The  GMFRS say that the cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate and investigations are ongoing.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the blaze which is being treated as “suspicious”.

A police spokesperson said they were called to the incident at 4.45 am and there were “reports of a person seen fleeing the scene shortly before the fire was discovered.”

Earlier this year in July, two men were injured, one seriously following a gas explosion which destroyed a flat in Meadowfield Court. There is no suggestion that the July incident and current fire are connected.

Anyone with information can ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or police on 101 and quote crime reference number 255/7/9/17.