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Police appeal for information following nursing home explosion

Fleetwood

Lancashire are appealing for information following an explosion at a nursing home in Fleetwood.

Emergency services were scrambled and roads in the area were closed following reports of a “loud bang” at Fleetwood Nursing Home on Grange Road on Saturday afternoon.

A local man, who has not been arrested, is assisting police with their enquiries. The police said the cause of the explosion, which was initially believed to have been a gas cylinder, was “unexplained”.

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Speaking on Sunday, Det Insp. James Edmonds, of West Police, said: “We are in the early stages of an investigation into the circumstances of yesterday’s incident. We are working with our partners in the fire service to establish the cause of the explosion.

“I would appeal to anyone who may be able to assist our enquiries to get in touch. This was a very serious incident which could have had catastrophic consequences for anyone who was in close proximity to the blast. Fortunately no-one was seriously injured.”

The huge bang, which is believed to have caused structural damage to the home, was heard as far away as the neighbouring towns of Morecambe and Knott End.

Lancashire Constabulary said everyone at the home was safe and there were no casualties.

The home declined to comment when contacted by CHP.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0973 of Saturday, March 2nd or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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