miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012

Child killed in huge gas explosion that destroys three houses and leaves several people

The death of a child in a massive explosion that destroyed three houses and left a man gravely ill in hospital is being treated as suspicious, investigators have confirmed. Witnesses described how the 'earth shook' as the blast tore through several other homes in Shaw, Oldham, in what was originally though to have been caused by a huge gas leak. The child, named locally as Jamie Heaton, died in the blast, and the man, named by neighbours as Anthony Partington, was airlifted to hospital suffering 'severe' burns to 80 per cent of his body. Neighbours said Mr Partington lives with his partner, mother-of-six Tanya Williamson, in one of the houses in the terrace which has been left resembling, in the words of one eyewitness, a 'war zone'. Greater Manchester Police tonight confirmed that they were treating the death of the child in the blast as suspicious and said they were aware of rumours about a domestic incident last night. Superintendent Neil Evans said: 'We are also 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. 'However, if anyone has any information about this, particularly if they think it might be relevant to what happened today, I would urge them to get in touch.' Local sources said Mr Partington, 27, was originally from Rochdale. They said he was a qualified joiner but had recently been made redundant. Police and <b>...</b>
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