Of tragedy clear
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