Summerseat ‘explosion’: Homes evacuated after house collapses

Thu, 18 February 2021, 2:03 am

Emergency services were called to a house in Bury overnight following reports of an explosion.

The incident happened on an estate in Summerseat, a village in the Ramsbottom district of Bury, just after 9pm.

Greater Manchester Police said the house collapsed. Although the cause of the collapse has not been officially confirmed, Daniel Peace, who lives nearby, has little doubt it was an explosion.

“There was this huge noise, like a bomb had been dropped in the middle of the street,” he told Sky News.

“i expected to look out the window and see a crater or something, it was unbelievable.”

Nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution.

Bury Council leader Eamonn O’Brien said on Twitter that he had been at the scene, adding: “The council and emergency services are currently supporting residents.

“The community response has been incredible as always. Thank you.”

North West Ambulance Service said one woman and a younger female were taken to hospital.

Neither of them are thought to be seriously injured, however.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent three fire engines and a number of support units to the scene.

Electricity North West said in a tweet that it had cut power supplies to 60 properties following the incident.