Bosley explosion 'Four missing' in Wood Flour Mills blast

Cheshire Police described it as a "major incident", with firefighters not ruling out further explosions.

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Four people are thought to be trapped and four people have been taken to hospital after three explosions at a wood treatment works near Macclesfield.

A four-storey building collapsed at Wood Flour Mills on Tunstall Road, Bosley, at 09:10 BST, with large fires breaking out, the fire service said.

Cheshire Police described it as a "major incident", with firefighters not ruling out further explosions.

The force said the "vast majority of staff are accounted for and safe".

Cheshire Fire and Rescue said 20 people were working at the plant at the time of the first explosion and there were "quite a few walking wounded".

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "A 29-year-old woman has sustained serious burns and blast injuries to her head, face, arms and chest."

She was taken by air ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) sent six ambulances and two rapid response vehicles. An air ambulance was also at the scene.

An NWAS spokesperson said: "Two patients have been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital and one patient has been taken to Whiston Hospital."

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service, who were assisting, said 35 people who were on or around the premises were assessed at the scene, with no injuries reported.

'Still raging'

Fifteen fire engines are at the scene, with search and rescue teams also called to assist with the rescue efforts.

Ch Insp Paul Carroll from Cheshire Police told BBC Radio Stoke: "The fire is still raging at this point in time.

"We've had a number of explosions on site which have hindered our access in searching for unaccounted persons."

Steve Barnes, from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "When we arrived it was a scene of devastation. The surrounding area is unsafe and hazardous to firefighters."

He said the crews were trying to make the area safe to be in a position to carry out any potential rescue.

Emergency services said it was too early to ascertain what had caused the blaze.

Source: BBC

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