The devastation in Buckley Street
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Shortly after 11.15am, Tuesday 26 June 2012, police were called to Shaw following a report that homes had been seriously damaged in a large explosion.
The boy killed in the explosion, has been formally identified as two-year-old Jamie Heaton.
Police are treating the death as suspicious. Anyone with any information can call police on 0161 856 8959, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A cordon is expected to remain at the scene for several days as detectives continue to investigate the cause of the blast. However, this is gradually being reduced as properties are assessed by structural engineers to ensure they are safe before residents are allowed to return.
Access to the following addresses is now possible:
87 to 95 Oak Street
92 to 108 Oak Street
58 to 90 Oak Street (Even numbers only)
All properties on Gordon Street.
All affected properties on Milnrow Road
4 to 12 Edmund Street (even numbers)
1 to 19 Edmund Street (odd numbers)
The Council is urging residents to go to the Library on Farrow Street, if they have not already done so, to receive house keys that are currently being held and gather more information about the process of accessing properties.
These properties should now also have access to utilities.
Currently no access
There are a number of properties where access will not be allowed for some time. These include houses on;
Some houses on Oak Street
Where it is safe the Fire Service will try to gain access to properties to gather essential property on behalf of residents. This process will take some time and you will be contacted directly if this is possible for your property.
If you have any queries or require assistance please call the Council’s Contact Centre on
0161 770 7770
Services for people affected by the explosion
REST CENTRE – Lifelong Learning Centre, High Street, Shaw
A place where affected people can relax and access health care and family support.
Open from 9am – 7pm until further notice
A play area for children
Tea and coffee (provided by the Red Cross)
ADVICE CENTRE – Shaw Library, Farrow Street East, Shaw
Open from 10am – 2pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Welfare benefits advice
Access to emergency loans
Insurance and finance advice
DONATIONS CENTRE – Salvation Army, Farrow Street, Shaw
Donated goods such as food, clothing and toiletries can be obtained here if you have been affected by the explosion.
Open every day 10am – 3pm until further notice.
Following Tuesday’s explosion in Shaw, there has been an incredibly generous response by members of the public who have donated clothes, food, bedding, toiletries etc.
Currently we have more than enough of these items to meet immediate need and are focused on managing the storage and distribution of these donations. Please do not send or bring any more donations of goods.
Thank you to everyone who has given in this way, your generosity is greatly appreciated. As we identify further needs in the coming days, we will appeal for specific items on this website.
Oldham Council has launched an official Distress Fund for all residents affected by the explosion. The fund is available for anyone wishing to make an individual contribution, or to send in the proceeds of any fundraising activities.
Oldham Distress Fund
A support network has also been set up on facebook where people are offering specialist services such as joinery and window boarding as part of the wider clean-up.
Support for Shaw gas explosion facebook group
So far the response has been truly inspirational. Thanks to everyone for all your help.
Oldham Council officers and RSPCA staff have worked to identify households affected by Tuesday’s explosion in Shaw that are believed to contain pets.
Residents in the area with concerns about this are urged to contact the Council on 0161 770 7770.
The following road closures are in place in Shaw following the explosion:
Motorists are advised to avoid the area to enable emergency rescue work to continue.
Superintendent Neil Evans said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the child who has tragically died.
“We understand this tragedy has caused a lot of upset and shock in the close-knit community of Shaw. We are in the very early stages of an investigation but our priority at the moment is to try and reach anyone who may be caught up in the explosion.
“Three properties have been involved in a major explosion, and a large-scale response involving the emergency services and other agencies is in place.
“The child’s family has been informed and they are being supported by specially trained police officers.
“Another man has been taken to hospital, where he is being treated for what are understood to be 80% burns.
“We are working with Oldham Council to make arrangements for those who may need to remain evacuated.
“This is an ongoing search and rescue operation, and more information will be released when it is available.”