Fishpool Bury: One seriously injured and primary school evacuated after 'gas explosion' on Nelson Street

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One person has been left with serious injuries following a suspected gas explosion in Bury

One person has been seriously injured and a nearby primary school has been evacuated after a suspected gas explosion at a house in Greater Manchester on Wednesday. Tamoor Tariq, a local councillor, said staff and children had fled St Luke's Church of England Primary School following the blast "just yards away" from his home in the Fishpool area of Bury.

A woman, in her 70s, has been taken to hospital with "serious injuries", said police.

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said: "Multiple crews are currently at the scene of an incident on Nelson Street, Bury, working alongside other emergency services. Residents in the area are advised to keep windows and doors closed and avoid the scene while crews carry out their work."

Emergency services at the scene following an explosion in Nelson Street, Bury, Greater Manchester.  February 28, 2024.  Emergency services at the scene following an explosion in Nelson Street, Bury, Greater Manchester.  February 28, 2024.
Emergency services at the scene following an explosion in Nelson Street, Bury, Greater Manchester. February 28, 2024.

In an update, Tariq said: "From information I have received officially, there are no fatalities. An elderly neighbour has been taken to hospital for urgent treatment, all other people affected are taking shelter with neighbours, family or friends."

He added: "The house directly affected is in an extremely bad state following the explosion. The house was destroyed with the strong flames from the fire. Both neighbouring properties have been damaged too. St Luke's Primary have taken the decision to close due to conditions in the school deteriorating where the fire has affected electricity going into the school. All parents have been informed."

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