It is believed the first explosion was caused when a workman was drilling through pipes under the central tower of the building.Full story here.
Workmen at the scene told the MEN that a spark from a colleague’s saw ignited into a fireball.
The 40-year-old man was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary suffering burns. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Following the fireball at 8.50am, contractors were evacuated from the area and site managers also moved residents from the 20 flats in the building which are already occupied.
Patients across the road at the new Withington Hospital, which is mainly an out-patients and day care unit were also evacuated.
About an hour later, as emergency crews were tackling the incident a second bigger explosion tore through the tower used as the main entrance by contractors.
Pippa's friend Jody lives in one of those flats. Or lived in one of them. Or lives in what used to be one of them. Or used to live in what used to be one of them. Holy. Fucking. Shit.
All of her stuff, she says, was inside. "The things you own end up owning you," said Tyler. Expect Jody to have her first fight this evening, to be blowing up terrible corporate art within a couple of months (may I suggest the needle at Didsbury Point?), and to be exploding major financial institutions by the summer.
Seriously though, holy fucking shit.