BREAKING: One person has died following a house collapse in Summerseat last night – live updates

One person has died following a house collapse in the Summerseat area of Bury last night.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “Officers responding to reports of a collapsed house in Ramsbottom have sadly found the body of a woman.

Emergency services were called just before 9.30pm last night (Wednesday 17 February 2021) to reports that a house had collapsed on East View in Summerseat.

13 properties were originally evacuated as a precaution and most have now been allowed home, except for those who live on the same street. A small scene remains in place.

A woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries. A woman and a child were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

A joint investigation is currently underway between GMP, GMFRS, Cadent Gas and Bury local authority partners.”

In a statement at the scene this afternoon Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Steve Wilcock said it “would not be appropriate to speculate on a probable cause”.

He said crews would remain at the scene for the next couple of days and praised local residents for their “help and co-operation”.

“Summerseat is a close-knit community and there has been an outpouring of support, with many neighbours offering their homes to those evacuated last night,” he said.

“Given the nature of this scene, I must also praise the professionalism and dedication of the firefighters who have worked here all night in the driving rain, as well as throughout the morning.”

Mr Wilcock added his condolences to the family and friends of the woman who sadly died.

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