WASP Deployed On Ashton House Blast


Greater Manchester Fire Brigade deployed the WASP on a house explosion in Ashton.

Ten people were left injured and one man lost his life after the explosion ripped through the family home.

It is understood a fire broke out in the early house prompting family members to try and escape whilst neighbours tried desperately to help.

It is not known how the fire started or the cause of the explosion and an investigation is now underway.

The terraced house in Ashton-under-Lyne collapsed at both the front and back leaving a scene of total devastation.

Fire fighters used the WASP, Warning Alarm for Stability Protection, to monitor unstable sections of the building.

Station manager Alan Ashworth, incident commander at the scene, said: “When crews arrived there were a number of people injured on the floor and it was obvious there had been an explosion in the house.

“We helped them but they were later treated by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service while we tackled the fire using covering jets.

“We haven’t been able to go inside the house hey as both the front and back walls have completely collapsed.’

John Wilson, 63, died of serious injuries following the blast which occurred at around 5.10am on Tuesday August 9th. He was forced to leap from his bedroom window with wife Hazel after fire broke out.

The thoughts and prayers of the WASP rescue team and everyone at DATUM Monitoring are with the family and friends of Mr Wilson.

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