UPDATE: West Midlands Ambulance Service at scene of explosion in Cheshire

Friday 17th July 2015 – 12.00noon – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service are continuing to support North West colleagues at the scene of an explosion and fire at a Wood Flour Mill in Cheshire.

A 999 call was received at 9.12am this morning to Wood Flour Mills in Bosley near Macclesfield (Friday). A paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, a community paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, an emergency preparedness manager and two ambulances were sent to the scene. A number of resources from North West Ambulance Service are also on scene together with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Our staff are continuing to work closely with other emergency services on scene at this difficult incident to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

“A 29-year-old woman has sustained serious burns and blast injuries to her head, face, arms and chest. She was given pain relief, her burns carefully dressed and she was immobilised before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford for further specialist treatment; the MERIT trauma doctor continued treatment en route.

“North West Ambulance Service have, so far, taken two patients to hospital with burns. One has been taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital and the other has been airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

“A further 35 people have also been assessed at a triage unit set up on scene by ambulance staff. None of these were injured and have been discharged on scene.

“We urge residents near to the incident to remain indoors, close your windows and doors to avoid the smoke.”

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ENDS

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