Woman dies after explosion destroys home in Greater Manchester leaving one other
girl and a baby in hospital
Officers were called to a collapsed home in Ramsbottom, Bury, just before 9.30 pm
on Wednesday where the Woman was pronounced dead at scene and another woman
and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries
Five properties in East View, Summerseat, were evacuated as a precaution and
three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
A police spokesman said: ‘Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances
surrounding this incident.’ A joint investigation is being carried out by police,
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities in Bury.
Two women were last night taken to hospital after the blast near Summerseat Garden
Centre in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, just after 9.30pm on Wednesday.
Two other women were assessed at the scene but were not seriously injured while
dozens of people living nearby have been evacuated, Manchester Evening
News. Reports suggest a gas leak could have caused the explosion as police revealed
pipes were being checked at midnight on Wednesday.
Police, the fire service and a technical response unit were at the scene but no
further information is available.
Residents living nearby have been evacuated from the area and GMP Bury North
tweeted: ‘Officers are currently at the scene of a collapsed house on East View
Ramsbottom following a call just before 9.30pm this evening.
‘Emergency services are in attendance and a number of residents are currently being
evacuated as a precaution.’
James Daly, the area’s MP, tweeted that he was aware of a ‘major incident’ as he urged
people to stay aware from the area.
One resident who lived five minutes from the blast claimed his blinds moved at the
time of the building’s collapse. He wrote on Twitter: ‘I was sat watching TV but neither
of us heard anything. Strangely, the blinds moved though, as if the window was open.
The pictures look awful.’