Oswestry road closed following explosion


Aimee Jones

A RESIDENTIAL road in Oswestry has been sealed off this morning following an explosion.

Firefighters raced to Wilfred Owen Road shortly before 5am after a "severe fire" broke out in a motorhome and spread to a dormer bungalow.

Neighbouring houses were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Crews from Oswestry, Ellesmere and Basschurch arrived at the scene to find a “well developed fire.”

Incident commander and crew manager, Tim Davidson said: “We received the inital call at around 4.50am. When we arrived there was a well developed fire affecting both the campervan and the property.

“The fire was under control within 15 minutes.”

There were two people in the property during the incident who managed to escape without any injuries.

Station manager Ian Leigh said: “We are keeping our options open at the moment but we have no reason to believe this was intentional.

“It appears that there was an explosion of a gas cylinder inside the campervan.”

One eyewitness said she had heard an explosion at around 4.45am and saw a ball of fire and plumes of smoke, with some debris landing in Middleton Road.

The station manager added that the debris had spread quite some distance and they now require Shropshire Council to clear any remaining debris.

He highlighted the importance of having an escape route in these stressful situations. The home owners were alerted of the fire by passers-by, however they did have smoke alarms in the property.

Mr Davidson added: “Smoke alarms are so important. If people wish to have a free home safety assessment they should contact fire control.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the road is expected to remain closed from both the Middleton Road and Hazel Grove sides for some time.

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