Scooter day for Salford gas explosion victims

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The blast destroyed three terraced homes and damaged many others

Hundreds of people have ridden scooters through Salford to raise money for those who lost their homes in a recent gas explosion.

Three homes were flattened and 200 properties were affected in the blast in Merlin Road, Irlam on 2 November.

The Vesperados Scooter Club started in St Helens and went to Irlam for a charity event at The Tiger Moth pub, near where the explosion happened.

Fifteen people were injured in the blast.

Darren Houlker, who is from the scooter club, said they wanted to show their support for those affected by the explosion.

Temporary accommodation

"We are based in Salford ourselves so we wanted to help and show our support.

"Many of the affected families, the fire crews and the police who were at the scene are going to come along," he said.

The firm which owns the damaged properties, City West Housing, traced the source of the explosion to the middle of the terraced homes, where a new kitchen and bathroom was being fitted.

Many residents are being housed in temporary accommodation and at least 10 homes will have to be demolished due to the extent of the damage.

A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Greater Manchester Police and the fire service is under way.

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