A child has been killed in a suspected gas explosion which seriously damaged homes in Oldham and left rescuers searching for people feared to be trapped in the rubble
One man was rescued from the devastated row of terraced houses and taken to hospital suffering from 80 per cent burns.
Another person is trapped and a fourth is unaccounted for.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were sent to the scene of the explosion near Buckley Street and Duchess Street in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at about 11.15am today.
Thirty houses and a nursery have been evacuated.
Specialist searchers from the fire brigade and paramedics trained in dealing with hazardous scenes were deployed.
North-West Ambulance Service said one patient was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital with 80% burns.
Greater Manchester Police said: “Emergency services are at the scene following a large explosion in the Shaw area of Oldham.