Major incident in New Ferry, Wirral
Saturday, 25 March 2017
A police investigation is underway following an explosion in Wirral on Saturday, March 25.
Emergency services were called at 9.14pm to the junction of Boundary Road and Circular Drive in New Ferry, to reports of a suspected gas explosion.
As a result of the explosion several buildings collapsed. A total of 18 casualties were taken to hospital and a further 15 self-presented at local hospitals.
Two of the casualties are were treated at Aintree Hospital and the Walton Centre.
Firefighters searched all of the properties affected by the explosion and search dogs from Merseyside and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service searched the collapsed buildings and debris.
Merseyside Police is working to establish the cause of the explosion.
Police are also working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Wirral Council and National Grid to ensure that the area is made safe, roads are reopened wherever possible and local residents are able to return to their homes or collect their belongings as soon as possible.
The incident is ongoing and road closures remain in place.
Anyone who has any information or requires help or assistance in relation to the explosion is asked to contact 101.