An inquest into the death of one of the victims of the Bosley wood mill disaster has been opened and adjourned in Macclesfield.
Derek Moore, who was 62, was a mill worker at the treatment plant which was destroyed by a series of explosions on 17th July. Three other workers were also killed.
The inquest at Macclesfield Town Hall heard that Mr Moore's body was recovered from the collapsed building almost a week after the explosion and identified by dental records.
The cause of his death was a traumatic brain stem injury and a spinal fracture.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Richard Ost from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service described the operation to bring the fires under control and make the site safe. He told the hearing that small fires were still smouldering, a month after the disaster. A fire in a silo containing wood flour, which posed the risk of further explosions, was extinguished only yesterday. Detective Chief Superintendent Philip Jones from Cheshire Police told the inquest it was difficult for anyone who had not been at the site to imagine the scene of destruction facing rescue teams. He said they had to dig tunnels in the collapsed building with fires burning around them and the risk of more explosions.
DCI Jones said human remains recovered from the site are believed to be those of two other victims - Dorothy Bailey and William Derek Barks. But police have not yet located evidence of the fourth missing worker, Jason Shingler.
He said the ongoing criminal investigation, alongside that by the Health and Safety Executive, is likely to be a lengthy operation.
Adjourning the inquest, the Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg told Mr Moore's family he would release his body so his funeral could be held.
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