Oldham gas explosion: a scene of devastation
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.”
- Probe continues into blast death (bbc.co.uk)
- Play with my Bob the Builder in heaven: Heartbreaking tributes to Shaw gas blast victim Jamie Heaton (menmedia.co.uk)
- Child killed as ‘suspicious’ gas blast levels Oldham homes (independent.co.uk)
- Oldham gas blast: mother scrambled through rubble for dead toddler – Telegraph.co.uk (telegraph.co.uk)
- Police: Oldham Blast Death Is Suspicious – Orange UK News (web.orange.co.uk)
- Death of child in Oldham explosion being treated as suspicious (guardian.co.uk)
- Child dies after massive gas blast wrecks Oldham home (thesun.co.uk)
- Police probe ‘suspicious’ gas blast (express.co.uk)
- Police images of the emergency services operation in Oldham (itv.com)
- Massive ‘gas’ explosion hits homes in Oldham (telegraph.co.uk)