9.8.2016 Man dies after huge explosion at house in Ashton


Officers attended and discovered a house with substantial damage and a number of injured people

A man has died following an explosion at a house in Ashton.  John Wilson died after suffering serious injuries in the blast.

Mr Wilson, 63, was forced to leap from his bedroom window along with his wife Hazel when a fire broke out at their home in Ashton shortly before 5.10am on Tuesday 9th August.

Just seconds later a huge explosion sent debris flying across Curzon Road injuring 10 people, including those who had rushed to help the family.

His daughter Danielle, 22, jumped from the roof of the Ashton terrace house in a desperate bid to escape the inferno.

John, who had previously survived a double lung transplant, was rushed to hospital but sadly died on Tuesday evening.

Greater Manchester Police said: “Sadly, a 63-year-old man has subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

“Officers from both Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are currently investigating the circumstances behind the fire.”

Curzon Road from Halford Street, and Whiteacre Road remained closed while police and fire officers carry out an investigation into the tragedy.

The Wilsons’ home on Curzon Road was destroyed following a fire in the early hours of Tuesday, which led to the huge explosion.

Mrs Wilson was nominated for an M.E.N. Pride of Manchester award in 2005 after caring for John when he became desperately ill.

The cause of the fire which led to the blast is still being investigated.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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