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Barrow house blown apart by suspected gas explosion

The house was badly damaged in the explosion Credit: Cumbria Council

An elderly woman has escaped with minor injuries, after a suspected gas explosion at her home in Barrow.

The blast happened at 7.56am. Firefighters rushed to the scene to find the rear of the building badly damaged.

Engineers are assessing the structure. Police have sealed off Ainslie Street.

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Man charged over Shaw gas blast

A man has been charged in connection with a fatal explosion in Shaw back in June. Two year old Jamie Heaton was killed in the blast.

Andrew Partington, 27, formerly of Buckley Street, Shaw, is charged with manslaughter and criminal damage He'll appear at Oldham Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter remains on police bail pending further inquiries.|

Police update following child death

A young child has died following a large explosion in the Shaw area of Oldham following a report that homes had been seriously damaged in a large explosion.

Police can confirm a young child has died and a man has been taken to hospital suffering from significant burns.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the child who has tragically died. We understand this tragedy has caused a lot of upset and shock in the close-knit community of Shaw. Three properties have been involved in a major explosion, and a large-scale response involving the emergency services and other agencies is in place. The child's family has been informed and they are being supported by specially trained police officers. Another man has been taken to hospital, where he is being treated for what are understood to be 80% burns.

– Superintendent Neil Evans
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