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.|
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.
– Superintendent Neil Evans
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.
Crompton Way is closed from the junction of Rochdale Road to Linney Lane.
Rochdale Road is closed between Beal Lane and Linney Lane.
Motorists are again advised to avoid the area to enable emergency rescue work to continue.
The ambulance service say:
‘We are currently assessingthe scene and working closely with other members of the emergency services,with our priority being to ensure people receive the medical help they need asquickly as possible.
Our primary role is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure that those people most in need are treated first and taken to hospital.
At this stage, we can confirm that we have taken one patient to Wythenshawe Hospital with 80% burns.’