Of tragedy clear

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

HOW the hor­ror un­folded on Fri­day, July 18: pic­ture of the scene 11.38am: Peo­ple take to twit­ter and face­book to show their sup­port for the emer­gency ser­vices and the fam­ily and friends of those trapped 11.40am: The first photos show­ing the ex­tent of the dam­age re­leased 11.42am: Four peo­ple are taken to hos­pi­tal with burns and blast in­juries, while 39 peo­ple are as­sessed at the scene. Four peo­ple were suf­fer­ing from breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and the rest had mi­nor in­juries 12.04pm: Po­lice re­port another two fur­ther ex­plo­sions 12.11pm: United Util­i­ties engi­neers help with wa­ter sup­plies 12.17pm: A 29-year-old woman was taken to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing with se­ri­ous burns to her head, face, arms and chest, it is con­firmed 12.25pm: Wit­nesses de- scribe a ‘ter­ri­fy­ing ex­plo­sion’ which sent flames 70m into the air 12.28pm: Peo­ple are warned to keep their win­dows and doors closed to keep safe from toxic fumes 1.13pm: Po­lice say four peo­ple are miss­ing, un­der­stood to be three men and one woman 12.39pm: Many shocked res­i­dents des­per­ately try to con­tact friends and fam­ily who work there to check they are safe but com­mu­ni­ca­tion is dif­fi­cult 1.03pm: Wit­nesses re­port see­ing de­bris drop­ping in fields two miles away 1.40pm: Gas cylin­ders on site are com­pli­cat­ing the search and res­cue mis­sion 2.24pm: 70 fire­fight­ers work to get the blaze un­der con­trol 3.30pm: Cheshire Po­lice re­lease dra­matic video of the dev­as­ta­tion 3.40pm: He­li­copter footage of blaze re­veals the true ex­tent of the wreck­age 5.07pm: Power is re­stored to all homes 6.20pm: The drift­ing smoke dis­si­pates and is no longer con­sid­ered a haz­ard 7pm: Search and res­cue teams wait to en­ter the col­lapsed four-storey build­ing 8.11pm: The fire is deemed to be un­der con­trol but the build­ing re­mains in too dan­ger­ous a con­di­tion to start the search un­til the morn­ing.

●● Search and res­cue teams at the scene, which was de­clared a ‘ma­jor in­ci­dent’ at 10.20am

●● Smoke is pic­tured bil­low­ing from the build­ing

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