Six people hospitalised as explosion destroys house in Manchester

One person is being treated for major burns after the early morning blast

Six people hospitalised as explosion destroys house in Manchester

Aerial photo shows damage to properties on Curzon Street | Image: Manchester Fire/Twitter

Six people have been treated in hospital after an explosion at a house in Greater Manchester.

One person suffered major burns in the blast, which caused the terraced house in Ashton-under-Lyne to collapse at the front and back.

The incident, which happened at around 5am this morning, left five others with minor injuries.

The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed.

Six fire engines were sent to the property on Curzon Street, which has since been closed.

Gas and electricity supplies were turned off at the house and four neighbouring properties.

Alan Ashworth, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the building was so damaged that fire crew had been unable to return to the property.

He 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."

A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service said they had sent a "large resource team" to the scene. 

Whiteacre Road and Clinton Street have also been closed and people are asked to avoid the area if possible.