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Fire officer reviews Shrewsbury 'gas blast' response

Scene (pic: Thomas Winckley)

The fire officer in charge of responding to a suspected gas explosion in Shrewsbury has outlined how his team dealt with the incident.

The blast at the corner of Bridge Street and Smithfield Road on 3 January injured 12 people and closed parts of the town centre for more than a month.

Andy Johnson from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was due to address business people at a talk on Wednesday.

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the blast.

One woman was airlifted to hospital with burns to her head, neck and chest, and a man suffered spinal injuries in the explosion.

Five people were trapped in a car beneath rubble but were pulled free by bystanders and emergency crews.

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