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'Boiler maintenance' investigated in Shaw explosion

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over a gas blast which killed a two-year-old boy has been released on bail.

The 32-year-old from the Shaw area of Oldham was held in London yesterday and was taken to Manchester today for questioning in connection with Tuesday's massive explosion.

Police said they understood the suspect may have done some boiler maintenance work at one of the houses in Buckley Street, Oldham.

Oldham explosion suspect bailed

A man arrested in connection with an explosion in Shaw has been released on bail. Greater Manchester Police have said:

A man has been bailed pending further inquiries following an explosion in Oldham that claimed the life of two-year-old Jamie Heaton.

At about 11.15am on Tuesday 26 June 2012, officers were on patrol in the Shaw area when they heard a loud explosion. The body of Jamie was found inside one of the houses.

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been bailed until 9 August 2012 pending further inquiries.

Another man, aged 27, was taken to hospital for treatment to burn injuries and he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A thorough search and rescue operation was led by GMFRS following the incident and no one else was significantly hurt following the incident.


Police: There was a 'domestic incident' at explosion address

A police inspector at the scene of the explosion in Oldham has confirmed that a "domestic incident" was reported in the home ofAndrew Partington, where the explosion is thought to have happened.

He told reporters the incident took place 4-5 weeks before the explosion and that Mr Partington was given a conditional discharge through the Magistrate's Court.

Police: 32-year-old man was 'known in the Shaw area'

A police inspector at the scene of the explosion in Oldham has told reporters that the 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter was a Shaw resident and was known in the Shaw area, although he did not live in Buckley Street.

He said that police believe the man was "involved in some sort of maintenance" but stressed that he has not been charged and that there are "a number of other lines of enquiry" being pursued.

Fire service: Some residents can return to homes

A spokesman for the fire service attending the site of the explosion in Oldham has told reporters that some residents will be allowed to return to their homes to retrieve belongings.

He said that residents would be escorted by members of the police or fire crews in some buildings where there is "significant structural damage".

Some buildings are too badly damaged to allow entry of any kind.

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