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Gas fitter arrested over fatal Manchester explosion

A gas engineer was arrested by the police in London, after a gas explosion destroyed many homes in Manchester and tragically killed 2 year old Jamie Heaton. The arrest was confirmed by police in Greater Manchester to the Manchester Evening News late at night. The 32 year old engineer, was not named, is believed to have carried out an inspection on a boiler in one of the houses that was destroyed in the blast on Tuesday. Police have stated that, his arrest is one line of inquiry. The explosion happened at 11.15am on Tuesday 26th June, in Manchester on Buckley Street, Shaw. Neighbours reported the smell of gas earlier in the morning. Reports have also suggested that there may have been a case of domestic disturbance at one of the houses the night before. Police are currently pursuing all lines of inquiry while they continue to investigate.


The Greater Manchester Police released this statement: “We believe the 32 year old man attended one of the properties in relation to the maintenance or upkeep of the boiler, for that reason we need to speak to him. It is very important that local residents, local community and the media, do not jump to quick conclusions about this arrest.” Assistant Chief Constable, Steve Heywood said the arrested man, who is being brought back to Manchester, is a resident of Shaw but did not live around Buckley Street.


Jamie Heaton who was 2 years old was killed, after the explosion destroyed his home, and the property next door to his home. Jamie’s Neighbour, 27 years old Andrew Partington,suffered severe burns to his skin and is still in hospital The police are waiting to question him as soon as he is able to give a statement. National Grid has said the blast was not caused by a gas pipe leak. They said that they had received reports of a gas escape at 10.40am in the same area. It said, “National Grid have not been able to gain access to carry out checks on internal pipes, meters and gas appliances. Greater Manchester Police, has now taken control of the site and are treating it as a crime scene.” Many other homes in the street were damaged from the explosion, which blew out windows and doors, up to 800 metres away from the centre of the blast.


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