Firefighters rush to chemical explosion as emergency services scramble to scene

A man is seriously injured in hospital after he suffered chemical burns in an ‘explosion’ on an industrial estate this morning.

Emergency services raced to a workplace in Cadishead, Greater Manchester, shortly after 11am.

Residents reported seeing police, fire and ambulance crews while one neighbour said they heard a “really loud boom” coming from the scene.

The onlooker said: “The noise was really loud like a big boom something exploding or collapsing, that’s all I can say. Scary.”

Another local said: “We heard a big blast and we didn’t think much of it at first. We thought it could be from a car.

“It was quite soon after that, very quickly, that we saw all the police cars. They arrived and there were fire engines too.”

North West Ambulance Service confirmed one man had been taken to hospital following the incident.

A spokesman for NWAS said: “We called about an incident 11:07, and we have attended with multiple resources including an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and members of Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

“We have taken one male patient to hospital.”

Greater Manchester Police said a man in his 30s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after suffering chemical burns at a premises on Liverpool Road, Cadishead.

An investigation is ongoing. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the man has “significant burn injuries”. 

In a statement they added: “Firefighters have rapidly established a cordon and made safe all other structures and hazardous materials on the site and a Hazardous Materials Officer is making an assessment of the scene.

“Greater Manchester Police are at the incident and the Health and Safety Executive have been notified.”