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Primary school evacuated after ‘gas explosion’ at nearby house

The suspected explosion in Bury, Greater Manchester
The suspected explosion in Bury, Greater Manchester

A primary school has been evacuated after reports of a gas explosion at a house “just yards away”.

A woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after emergency services attended the scene on Nelson Street in Bury, Greater Manchester, shortly before 11am on Wednesday.

Pictures show clouds of smoke billowing across nearby streets with the terraced red-brick house reduced to rubble and its wooden roof beams exposed.

Drone footage shows substantial damage to two neighbouring properties, with local residents told to keep their windows shut.

The road was cordoned off with a number of properties evacuated.

Tamoor Tariq, a local councillor, said that children have been removed from St Luke’s primary school, which he said was “just yards away” from the incident.

“Heartbreaking to share there has been a gas explosion in the last few minutes right across from my house,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“I understand everyone has been taken into a place of safety and emergency services are doing all possible to deal with this awful situation.”

Aerial pictures show the extent of the damage to the house and emergency services at the scene
Aerial pictures show the extent of the damage to the house and emergency services at the scene - William Lailey /SWNS
A terraced house was destroyed in the suspected bast on Nelson Street in Bury
A terraced house was destroyed in the suspected bast on Nelson Street in Bury

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at a property on Nelson Street in the Fishpool area of Bury.

“At this stage, a woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“A 200m cordon is in place around the property and neighbouring homes.

“Local residents and the community will be informed if they need to take any further action.”

Phil Hendrick, head of customer operations at gas provider Cadent, said: “My teams are in attendance at the incident in Bury. As the gas emergency service for the area, we are assisting the multi-agency response, as is routine in incidents like this.

“It is too early to say what caused this and we would ask people to avoid speculating.”