A WOMAN was found dead and a hysterical girl pulled from the rubble after a house was destroyed in a suspected gas explosion in Manchester overnight.
The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was tragically discovered in the rubble after the blast unfolded about 9pm in Bury yesterday with five others, including the child, injured.
An aerial photograph shows the damage to the home, with one woman killedCredit: Mercury Press
Fire crews rushed to the scene last nightCredit: MEN Media
Police have cordoned off the scene in Bury after the blast claimed the life of a womanCredit: Mercury Press
Witnesses today told of their horror after the blast ripped through the East View home in Summerseat last night.
Neighbour Kerry Crompton said she had rushed out of her house to help after hearing the explosion.
The 36-year-old mum of two said: “I was watching TV when I heard the explosion.
“I went outside and there was smoke everywhere.
“I ran down the street and could hear screaming coming from next door.
“I saw a mum and her daughter and dragged her out.
“The little girl was hysterical because she was upset that she had lost all her toys.”
A friend of the mum and daughter who survived the blast added they were “lucky to be alive”.
Kerry, a specialist nurse, said the area smelt of gas as firefighters rushed to the scene, evacuating neighbours.
She added: “It is so sad about the lady. I used to see her walking her dog.”
Emergency crews inspect the sceneCredit: Mercury Press
The roof was torn off in the blastCredit: MEN Media
Police have launched an investigation into just what happenedCredit: Mercury Press
Neighbours said they felt their own homes shake after the blastCredit: Mercury Press
Fire crews at the scene after the explosion last nightCredit: Reuters
Witnesses said they were shocked to hear the blastCredit: Reuters
Other neighbours said they heard the blast from three streets away.
Local Janet De Westbrook said: “It was horrendous. There was an enormous bang.
“We went out and could see smoke coming from the house.”
And Paul Camprey, 41, described the explosion as a “massive boom” that shook the doors and window of his own home.
The builder said: “There was a massive boom and the doors and windows just shook. The shockwaves just hit the house.
“The whole house had been completely destroyed.
“There was rubble everywhere and a few flames. “You could smell gas. “We just had a few minutes to gather some clothes before we were evacuated.”
The two houses either side of the property destroyed after expected to be demolished.
Manchester Police confirmed a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
They said: “Three people were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.
“A woman and a child were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.”
Photographs show the house reduced to rubble, with the roof torn off.
Detritus can be seen scattered across the grass outside the home in the chaotic scenes.
Manchester Evening News reported there was a strong smell of gas in the area.
One witness said: ““It was a loud bang. I got as far as the water pump and emergency services were already on scene.
“I thought was going to be another explosion and that’s why we needed to evacuate.”
Five properties were evacuated with a scene still in place.
An investigation has now been launched into just what happened.
Watch Manager Steve Wilcock, Incident Commander passed on his condolences to the family of the woman killed in the blast.
He said: “Our thoughts are with them at what must be an incredibly sad and difficult time.
“Given the nature of this scene I must also praise the professionalism and dedication of the firefighters who have worked here all night in the driving rain, as well as throughout the morning. An investigation is now under way so it would not be appropriate to speculate at this time on a probable cause.”
The house collapsed at around 9pm on Wednesday evening as police evacuated residentsCredit: London News Pictures
The roof of the building was completely torn off in the explosionCredit: London News Pictures
Residents reported hearing a loud noise while other say there homes were shakenCredit: London News Pictures
Gas crews were spotted checking pipes at the sceneCredit: London News Pictures