Police issue update on man who was severely burned in Park End home explosion

A man who suffered "severe burns" in a house explosion is now in a "critical, but stable condition".

The 57-year-old was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by air ambulance following the gas blast on Kirkland Walk in Park End, on Tuesday, June 18. The front of the semi-detached home was completely destroyed as emergency services flooded the estate, near Frampton Green, Middlesbrough, with a huge cordon in place throughout the day.

On Wednesday, Cleveland Police confirmed that the man, who was rescued by nearby residents and workers, was fighting for his life in hospital. However, the force has now provided an update confirming that he is now in a “stable condition”.

A smaller cordon has since been erected outside the home. The adjoining property has also been left badly damaged with a hole in the roof, falling brickwork and a damaged window.

Teesside Live previously reported Cleveland Police were called to the scene at around 12.40pm on Tuesday, along with the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), Cleveland Fire Brigade and the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). They urged residents to avoid the area and thanked residents for their patience as the NEAS confirmed "one patient was transported to the RVI by air with severe burns".

In a further update issued on Wednesday, police confirmed the man is fighting for his life in hospital. A spokesperson said: "Officers investigating the house explosion in Kirkland Walk, Middlesbrough , are today continuing their inquiries into the incident.

"Cleveland Police are working closely with Middlesbrough Council , Cleveland Fire Brigade, Northern Power Grid, and other local partners, to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and make sure those affected by the incident are receiving the necessary support. The 57-year-old man who was seriously injured in the incident is in hospital in a critical condition."

Here’s some of our other stories on the explosion, including the heroes that rescued the man and what’s happening with repairs.

Anyone who saw the explosion, or who has any CCTV, Doorbell, or phone footage of the incident, is asked to contact police via 101, quoting reference number 113998.

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