Woman ‘killed in house explosion was on video call as horrified pals watched on’

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A woman who died in a suspected gas blast was on a video call to friends at the time of the tragedy, according to a neighbour.

The body of the victim, 61, was found in the rubble of a house in Summerseat, Greater Manchester.

Five other people, including a young child, were hurt on Wednesday, February 17.

Neighbours who were three streets away rushed to the property, which was completely destroyed.

Kerry Crompton, a resident of the area, said she was told the woman was "in the living room on a video call to her friends" when the house exploded.

She told The Sun: "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 36-year-old also said she pulled her neighbour, her daughter and their dog Besti from the wreckage.

Kerry said the two people were "both absolute black" and her neighbour was constantly "screaming".

The daughter was also reportedly "hysterical" and said it was just her instinct to "grab them" and get them out of the rubble.

Greater Manchester Police said a woman and child were taken to hospital with minor injuries and released.

A friend of the pair reportedly said the mum and daughter were lucky to be alive.

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Police said three other people were treated at the scene and the fire service, the council and gas suppliers are now investigating.

Thirty homes were evacuated in the area, with some families only allowed back home on Thursday February 18.

Builder Paul Camprey, 41, said: "There was a massive boom and the doors and windows shook.

"The whole house had been destroyed."

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