26/06/2012 12:39 BST | Updated 26/06/2012 14:34 BST

Oldham Explosion: Scenes Of Devastation In The Aftermath (PICTURES)

The gas explosion on Tuesday morning in Oldham left scenes of utter devastation.

The blast, in the Shaw area of the town, left a child dead and a man with 80 per cent burns.

Shocked locals and emergency service personnel were confronted by scenes more akin to a war zone, with one house completely flattened and piles of rubble strewn across the street.

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A rescue worker and a dog walk past piles of rubble

Terrace properties were ripped apart after a suspected gas explosion, which occurred shortly after 11.15am.


Oldham Shaw Explosion: One Child Dead And People Feared 'Trapped In Homes' After Blast (PICTURES)

Alex Perkins, who lives on Duchess Street, told the BBC: "It's like a war zone - tiles that have blown off literally across the streets, there's just debris everywhere. It's mad.

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The blast left scenes of total carnage in Oldham

"It's just empty, there's nothing there, just bricks on the floor, just rubble."

The explosion was heard across the town.

A local councillor told BBC News: “It’s real carnage.”

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Tragedy: A child was killed in the explosion, which it's thought was caused by a gas leak