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Rochdale explosion: Huge fireball shakes houses as car goes up in flames

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Residents reported hearing a ‘loud bang’ which shook a number of houses before seeing plumes of thick smoke – they then heard ‘extra mini explosions’ coming from the fire

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Greater Manchester: Police at the scene of reported car explosion

A loud bang ‘shook’ a number of houses on a street before a car went up in flames.

Eyewitnesses say the vehicle exploded in Rochdale at around 10am this morning while dramatic photos show what remains of the burnt out car.

Police, fire crews and an air ambulance were called to the scene Milnrow, with forensics seen taking photos of the area.

The Manchester Evening News reports residents hearing a ‘loud bang’ which shook a number of houses before seeing plumes of thick smoke. They then heard ‘extra mini explosions’ coming from the fire.

Emergency services are at the scene and members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

One resident said they were awoken by a ‘loud bang’ which ‘shook the house’. They then noticed ‘thick smoke’ coming from behind their house.

The wreckage of the car following the blast
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She said: “There were some extra mini explosions which sounded like glass breaking coming from the fire.

“We couldn’t see from our house what had exploded or caught fire but knew it was one of the houses that had been affected.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Emergency services are currently responding to an incident on Ladyhouse Close, Milnrow.

“Police were called by the ambulance service at around 10am this morning. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area.”

The car was seen to be on fire with thick plumes of smoke
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Residents reported hearing a ‘loud bang’ before the car burst into flames
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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said that crews were called to reports of a vehicle fire at 9.55am this morning.

“The fire involved one car, as well as fencing and plastic guttering of a neighbouring property, they said in a statement.

A spokesperson for GMFRS said: “At approximately 9.55am firefighters were called to reports of a vehicle fire on Ladyhouse Close, in Milnrow.

Crime scene investigators are on the scene
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“One fire engine from Rochdale fire station quickly attended the scene. The fire involved one car, as well as fencing and plastic guttering of a neighbouring property.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel and other specialist equipment to extinguish the fire.

“Fire crews were in attendance for approximately two hour hours and 30 minutes.”

The wreckage of the car following the fire
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One resident said: “Well I live just around the corner and was lay in bed as I had just woken up.

“We heard a loud bang and it shook the house so I got up and checked if my family were okay as it sounded like it came from inside the house.

“Thankfully everyone was fine but my mum then noticed smoke coming from the houses behind so we knew then it must have been an explosion.

What was left of the car remains under examination
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“The smoke was quite thick and there were some extra mini explosions which sounded like glass breaking coming from the fire.

“We couldn’t see from our house what had exploded or caught fire but knew it was one of the houses that had been affected. Then there were two air ambulances and more emergency services arriving.”

Another resident said that they heard an explosion, looked outside and saw that a car ‘was on fire’. They added that after a short while the side of the house nearest to the car was also on fire.

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