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Last Updated: Tuesday November 02 2010 19:24 GMT

Fifteen hurt in Salford gas explosion

Wreckage from Salford gas explosion

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Fifteen people, including five children, have been hurt in what was thought to be a gas explosion in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Three houses were totally destroyed and 20 others were damaged in the blast which happened on Tuesday morning.

A search team with a sniffer dog have been busy making sure no-one else is trapped in the rubble.

About 50 firefighters were sent to the scene and a big investigation is going on to find out what happened.

Local councillor Christine Hudson said she was amazed that more people weren't injured.

She described the scene saying: "It's just absolutely devastating. It's like a war zone."