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Oldham gas explosion: a scene of devastation

27/06/2012
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Oldham house explosion ‘being treated as suspicious’

Jamie Heaton, aged two, died when a massive explosion tore through his home and that of a neighbour on Buckley Street in the Shaw area of Oldham Tuesday morning.

Neighbour Andrew Partington, 27, was airlifted to hospital with severe burns.

Police say they have “significant questions” for Mr Partington, who has officers waiting at his bedside for him to regain consciousness.

Sources confirmed a domestic argument involving the injured man took place in the hours before the blast, with his partner leaving their house with her five children.

Steve Heywood, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, told a press conference in Shaw: “We have had some information to suggest it may not be accidental so we are treating it as a suspicious death and therefore a homicide investigation is undertaken.”

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