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Bosley Blast - Second Industrial Disaster Strikes

17 July 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Fire and rescue crews have been called to a report of an explosion at a Wood Mill in Bosley near Macclesfield in Cheshire.  Four people have been trapped. This incident comes just days after two men died in a fire at a Norwich factory

Fifteen fire engines were called to the scene a little after 9:00am on Friday morning (Jul 17) to deal with the aftermath of two explosions.


Update at 10:57

The incident involves the collapse of a four storey building. There is a fully developed fire in several areas. Firefighters are facing a dangerous situation as they cannot rule out further explosions.


Update at 11:40

Fire crews continue to tackle the fire. The Ambulance Service have confirmed that two people have been taken to hospital. 15 fire engines remain at the scene. Three Urban Search and Rescue Teams have also been called to assist with the rescue efforts.


Update 12:50

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus continue to fight the fire with water jets. Four people remain missing and so search and rescue efforts are continuing.

There have been three further explosions. At the moment there is a theory that a faulty motor has ignited dust in a silo.

A local resident said:   "We live half a mile away and the shockwave of the first explosion made it feel that something had hit the house. We could see smoke and flames. The roads have been sealed." 

A North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesperson commented: "At 09.14 we received a call to reports of an explosion at Wood Flour Mills, Tunstall Road, Macclesfield. We despatched at least six ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, two doctors, four managers and the air ambulance to the scene.

"A lead doctor is also on scene. We are currently assessing and working closely with other members of the emergency services, with our priority being to ensure people receive the medical treatment they need as quickly as possible. Our primary role is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure that those people most in need are treated first and taken to hospital.

"At this stage, it is too early for us to confirm the number of casualties."



A spokesperson added this: “NWAS is also being supported by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service who have despatched a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer, HART paramedics, a community paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill in Staffordshire are in attendance with further ambulances en-route.

"So far one patient has been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance and one patient taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, by air ambulance suffering from burns.

‘We advise people to stay away from the area and for local residents to keep windows closed."

Picture: From Google of Wood Flour Mills, Tunstall Road, Macclesfield.


Previous reporting

Officers from the Norfolk Constabulary confirmed that two people have died at the scene of an industrial incident which happened at 9:20am on Monday morning (Mon 13) in Hellesdon, a suburb or Norwich.

Initial reports from the scene suggested an explosion had taken place. The men, one aged in his 50s and one in his 20s, both thought to work at the premises involved, died as the result of the incident. No-one else required medical attention.

All emergency services were at the scene and road closures and exclusion zones were put in place.

Picture: From the scene with thanks to Ashley Cashfield on Twitter.

Article written by TWinFM Reporter | Published 17 July 2015


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