Explosion at house in Tranmere

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) was in attendance at an incident on Holt Road, Tranmere on Saturday morning.

MFRS crews were alerted at 07.42 on Saturday, 2 December. A fire engine from Birkenhead was first on the scene at 07.47. At the height of the incident, there were four fire engines and the aerial appliance was in attendance.

The property is a Victorian two-storey brick-built mid-terrace property involved in an explosion. Neighbours stated to MFRS personnel that all persons were out of the property before the arrival of MFRS crews.

Fire fighting commenced with one hose reel jet being utilised. A building inspector has been requested due to the possible unsafe structures on either side of the affected property, and gas company, Cadent, was also been requested.

A cordon was set up and was managed by Merseyside Police. The MFRS Search and Rescue Team (SRT) attended with structural monitoring equipment.

Properties on either side of the affected premises were evacuated and gas and electricity was isolated.

Two casualties in the care of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Paramedics were taken to hospital.

Two firefighters in breathing apparatus utilised one hose reel jet to tackle the affected property which was still involved in fire internally.

NWAS are remained at the scene as a precautionary measure. Wirral Council were also in attendance.

UPDATE 09.26

MFRS crews continue to fight the fire at the affected property, located in a first-floor bedroom. Two firefighters in breathing apparatus were committed and the fire has now been extinguished. Firefighting activities have now ceased.

The structural engineer is now in attendance and multi-agency meetings are taking place at regular intervals.

UPDATE 09.53

SRT continue to monitor the structure of the property – this is ongoing, with the structural engineer liaising with search and rescue colleagues to determine the structural integrity of the building and next steps, should any further action be required.

Wirral Council are arranging temporary accommodation for residents of evacuated properties.

UPDATE 10.54

Following a further multi-agency meeting, no changes since the last meeting, multi-agencies continue to monitor the situation at scene.

UPDATE 11.37

The incident has been scaled down to two fire engines. Multi-agency colleagues continue to monitor the situation at the scene.

UPDATE 14.20

Fire crews have continued to hotspot the affected area at the property where the incident originated. This has now concluded and firefighting activities have ceased.

The local authority is in attendance to remove the debris pile. An investigation is underway, however, it could take some time to establish the cause.

This is an ongoing incident please avoid the area.

Images: MFRS

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