Three injured in pressure washer 'fireball' in Walkden

Fire service at the scene The fire service said the fire involved a diesel industrial pressure washer

Three people were injured when a "fireball" erupted from a pressure washer as a tanker was cleaned in Greater Manchester.

The fire service was called to Harcourt Street, Walkden, at about 14:10 GMT. Three ambulances and the air ambulance were then dispatched.

Three men, aged 54, 31 and 32, were taken to hospital suffering from burns.

A fire service spokesman said the fire involved an industrial pressure washer that was powered by diesel.

The ambulance service confirmed the 54-year-old and the 31-year-old were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital with facial burns.

A 32-year-old was taken to Hope Hospital suffering from burns to the arms.

Paul Smitham, from Greater Manchester Fire Service, said: "We hope that the people injured make a speedy recovery from this.

"Our crews worked hard at the scene to bring the fire under control and with the help of partners we were able to minimise disruption to the community."

He added: "We will be looking into what caused the fire."

Residents nearby have been advised to close doors and windows as a precautionary measure.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Manchester



Min. Night 15 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Romo in Washington DCDoggie in the window

    Why are strangers photographing this pet?

  • Man on planeKnee jerks

    When is it acceptable to recline your seat on flights?

  • California reservoirTapped out

    Is California about to run out of water?

  • A protestor in Ferguson, Missouri is confronted by a police officer weilding a shotgun.Fatal flaw

    Why no one knows how many Americans are killed by police

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Child museumChild's play

    Should children be allowed to run wild in museums? BBC Culture investigates


  • Going through ice across the Northwest PassageThe Travel Show Watch

    Navigating the treacherous Northwest Passage through ice and Arctic storms

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.