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Explosion at block of flats
Sunday 30th November, 2008

At 9.20pm on Saturday 29 November 2008, police received reports of an explosion at a block of flats on Blake Close, Worsley Mesnes.

Officers attended along with the Fire Service and ambulance crews and found the top two flats in a block of three had concertinaed into the ground floor property and had been completely destroyed by the fire.

A large number of emergency services officers were present and the blaze was brought under control by 00.15am by firefighters.

Police officers helped evacuate residents from the neighbouring flats, which are all council-owned.

At this stage, four people have been confirmed as being injured during the explosion. Two people suffered serious burns and are in a critical condition in hospital and another two are suffering from smoke inhalation.

A full search of the block of flats, including the ground floor flat, will be carried out by specialist search teams in the next few hours.

The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.

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