Bosley wood mill blast: Three men and a woman trapped after factory collapses - live

- Published: 18 July 2015
Bosley wood mill blast: Three men and a woman trapped after factory collapses - live

• Four feared trapped as Cheshire blast causes factory collapse
• Trio taken to hospital with serious burns and blast injuries
• Major incident declared at wood flour mill in village of Bosley
• 75 firefighters deal with aftermath of blasts, described as 'like quake'

• Fire chiefs tell of 'scene of devastation' as investigation begins


The emergency services are pronouncing they'll do everything feasible to aid those 4 individuals still lacking.
Paul Hancock, chief hearth officer for Cheshire fire and Rescue carrier, stated: "we're nonetheless watching at four humans who are unaccounted for at this stage.
"we've got some city search and rescue teams doing an evaluation of the scene to investigate whether or not it is riskless or not to go into the property and carry out the search, and locate these 4 unaccounted persons.
"we are still in the acute phase of the incident in that the fire crews are nonetheless dealing with fires within the constructing."
He added: "The instances down at the scene is certainly one of devastation. When you have two explosions in a building, the building splits open from the inside and therefore of our firefighting approaches over a direction of two or three hours it has then collapsed on itself.
"So it's particularly intricate and difficult for these fireplace crews and people specialist teams to move in to take a look at and find these possibly missing four men and women.
"These urban search and rescue teams are teams that went out to Nepal and Japan not too long ago. They've received a huge project in entrance of them. However earlier than we commit these crews we need to make certain that they are riskless to go in that atmosphere.
"The explosion combined with a number of dangers - walking fuel fires, LPG cylinders, asbestos ... They are giant risks."
Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Police guy Hindle mentioned: "irrespective of the risks and the risk, we will not stop and we don't give up."
extra on how the operation is progressing.
Search and rescue groups are ready to enter the collapsed 4-storey building as hearth crews care for a number of ongoing fires.
Fire chiefs plan to  the restoration operation later tonight at wood Treating Ltd which was described as "a scene of devastation".
Smoke continues to emanate from the scene.
Cheshire Police confirm 4 folks, three men and a lady, are nonetheless lacking after the explosion.
Assistant Chief Constable guy Hindle says the force is "working intently with the households concerned" however the names of those lacking are usually not being launched yet.
He stated the drive can also be working to make sure there is "a riskless cordon" across the scene.