An explosion in Summerseat destroyed a house and killed an old woman

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A house collapsed after explosion in Summerseat, a village in the Ramsbottom district of Bury, Greater Manchester,England, after 9pm on Wednesday. A major emergency response from Greater Manchester Fire Service, GMP and North West Ambulance Service was quickly prompted. The body of a 79-year-old died woman was found. Another woman and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Five properties were evacuated as a precaution and three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. the cause of the collapse has not been officially confirmed. A neighbor said “there was this huge noise, like a bomb had been dropped in the middle of the street.”

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Insp Jamie Collins said an investigation with the fire service, Cadent gas and local coucil was under way and the gas supply had been isolated. There was still a tangible sense of shock and disbelief amongst all those living nearby, as police and firefighters, along with utility workers and gas engineers, continued to work at the scene. A lot of people were confused. Crews would remain at the scene for the next couple of days. A large police presence remained at the property on Thursday morning. A strong smell of gas was reported in the area. Bury Council leader Eamonn O’Brien said the local authority is supporting residents at the scene.