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Manslaughter charge following explosion

A charge of manslaughter has been made against a man pulled from the wreckage of two houses in the Shaw area of Greater Manchester.

The suspected gas explosion killed two-year-old Jamie Heaton on 26 June.

Andrew Partington lived in the house next door, which was also destroyed in the blast, and suffered severe burns.

He is due to appeare at Oldham magistrates to answer the charge.

Another man remains on police bail after being arrested in London soon after the incident, who is believed to have carried out a boiler inspection at one of the properties.

In addition to the two houses destroyed, six more continue to be assessed by structural engineers to decide whether they need to be demolished.

The incident resulted in 175 homes being evacuated while the emergency services dealt with the aftermath of the blast.

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