Housing association tenants in Oldham blast
Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes after a gas explosion reduced several houses to rubble and killed a toddler in Oldham yesterday.
The blast, which occurred in the Shaw area of the town, also damaged nearby properties owned by housing association First Choice Homes.
Residents evacuated from the area were directed to a rest centre set up at a nearby school. According to the Oldham Council website, it has so far assisted around 80 people from 40 families.
A meeting attended by emergency services representatives and Oldham Council was held this afternoon to discuss options for residents affected by the incident. Inside Housing is currently waiting for details on how many social homes have been affected and what the housing association is doing to help its residents involved.
All people requiring temporary accommodation are being housed tonight by Oldham Council in partnership with First Choice Homes.
The blast killed a toddler and a severely injured a 27-year-old man, who was airlifted to hospital.
Police are treating the blast as suspicious. Superintendent Neil Evans, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘We are aware of some rumours within the local community about a potential domestic disturbance in the area last night. What I can categorically say is that if that is the case, the police were not called.’
The area remains cordoned off and the police investigation continues.