At least five injured following house explosion in England

Two people are said to have been seriously hurt and have been taken to hospital

At least five injured following house explosion in England

Image: Manchester Fire via Twitter

At least five people have been hurt, two seriously, after an explosion in a suburb of Manchester in England.

Fire & rescue officials said five crews had been sent to the scene to deal with a partial collapse of terraced house in Blackley.

Pictures showed rubble and interior furniture and furnishings strewn over the street in front of the house.

Much of the front wall appears to have come down and the roof is also badly damaged.

Ambulance crews said at least five people have been injured, with three walking wounded being treated at the scene.

Two people are said to have been seriously hurt and have been taken to hospital.

Firefighters are using dogs to search the debris for any other victims.

Merl Forrer of the fire & rescue service said: "We are currently shoring up the property and using dogs to search the scene to ensure nobody is trapped inside.

"The building is partially collapsed and we are working effectively with partners to determine a cause of the explosion.

"The road the property is on is currently closed and we advise people to avoid the area if possible."

The fire service has advised people to stay away from the area which is "covered in glass and debris".