Summerseat 'explosion': Woman's body found after house collapse

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The body of a woman has been found after a house collapsed in Bury overnight following reports of an explosion.

It happened on an estate in Summerseat, a village in the Ramsbottom district of the market town, at around 9pm on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police said "a woman has sadly died" following the collapse of the property.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and another woman and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries, the force said.

Five properties were evacuated as a precaution and three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Although the cause of the collapse has not been officially confirmed, Daniel Peace, who lives nearby, said: "There was this huge noise, like a bomb had been dropped in the middle of the street".

"I expected to look out the window and see a crater or something, it was unbelievable," he told Sky News.

A police spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident."

A joint investigation is being carried out by police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities.