The body of a woman has been found after an explosion destroyed a house in Greater Manchester, police said today.
Officers were called to a collapsed home in Ramsbottom, Bury, just before 9.30pm on Wednesday.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene and another woman and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries, the force said.
Five properties, in East View in 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.
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 in Summerseat, 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.’
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