TRIBUTES have today been paid to a woman killed in a suspected gas blast that destroyed her home while on a video call with friends.
Five other people, including a young child, were hurt in Wednesday night’s explosion.
Hazel Wilcock was killed in a house explosionCredit: MEN Media
An aerial photograph shows the damage to the homeCredit: Reuters
Tributes have now flooded in for Hazel Wilcock, 61, who was found in the rubble.
She is understood to have worked as a counsellor for St Ann’s Hospice.
Neighbour, June Winsche, told MEN: “She had lots of friends and loved entertaining and I’d always be invited over for meals.
“Hazel was just so kind. We went on retreats together and she took
time with me when I was going through a very bad time.
“She was a counsellor so had amazing listening skills and I am aware
she helped a lot more people.
“She was very inspirational and pushed me to start my own business
because she believed in me so much.”
Emergency crews inspect the sceneCredit: STEVE ALLEN
Neighbours have spoken of their shockCredit: Mercury Press
Fire crews rushed to the scene last nightCredit: MEN Media
Police have cordoned off the scene in Bury after the blast claimed the life of a womanCredit: Mercury Press
Close friend, Amanda Webber, wrote on Facebook: “A beautiful soul
inside and out.
“It was a pleasure to have known you and to have worked for you, may
you Rest in eternal peace and your smile shine down on us all.
“You shall be sadly missed by all who knew you.R.I.P Hazel xx.”
While Andrea Procter wrote: “Hazel you were such an inspiration and fantastic friend.
“Devastating news. So sad.”
Neighbours who raced to help the survivors in Summerseat, Gtr Manchester, said the blast was heard three streets away.
Kerry Crompton said: “It is so sad about the lady. I used to see her walking her dog.
“I’ve been told that, at the time, she was in the living room on a video call to her friends. That must have been horrific for those people.”
The mum of two, 36, told how she pulled her neighbour — named only as Stephanie — her daughter Evie and dog Besti from the wreckage of the home.
She said: “They were both absolute black. Stephanie was screaming. I just grabbed them and got them out. The little girl was hysterical.”
A friend of the pair said they were lucky to be alive.
Builder Paul Camprey, 41, said: “There was a massive boom and the doors and windows shook. The whole house had been destroyed.”
Thirty homes were evacuated, with some families allowed back yesterday.
Greater Manchester Police said a woman and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries and three others treated at the scene, Police, the fire service, the council and gas suppliers are investigating.
Kerry Crompton ran out of her home to helpCredit: Handout
The roof was torn off in the blastCredit: MEN Media
Police have launched an investigation into just what happenedCredit: Mercury Press
Neighbours said they felt their own homes shake after the blastCredit: Mercury Press
Fire crews at the scene after the explosion last nightCredit: Reuters
Flowers have been left at the scene of the tragedyCredit: PA:Press Association
The house collapsed at around 9pm on Wednesday evening as police evacuated residentsCredit: London News Pictures
The roof of the building was completely torn off in the explosionCredit: London News Pictures
Residents reported hearing a loud noise while other say there homes were shakenCredit: London News Pictures
Gas crews were spotted checking pipes at the sceneCredit: London News Pictures
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