Tragedy ‘took away our heart and soul’
THE son of Bosley mill victim Dorothy Bailey says her death has ripped ‘the heart and soul’ from his family.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the devastating explosion almost five weeks ago, Matt Bailey described the event as the ‘worst day of his life’ but said cherished memories of his mum gave him strength.
However, the 37-yearold has accused bosses at the Boden Group, which owns Wood Treatment Limited, of having no direct contact with him or his brothers Edward and Christopher, who like Dorothy, worked at the mill.
Matt, who grew up in Bosley but now lives in Sandbach, described the moment he heard about the explosion.
He said: “Edward called in shock. He said ‘Wood Treatment’s gone up. Mum’s inside. I can’t find her. It’s an inferno. The building is destroyed’.
“It took me three hours to get to the site. It was the worst day of my life. I had a gut feeling mum was dead and no one would come out alive.
“In that first week I slept a total of six hours. Since then it has been a daily struggle that is hard to put into words.
“Someone called me ‘the lucky one’ for not being there like Edward and Christopher were.
“But while I am lucky that I didn’t see the flames, the smell, the people on fire, I can’t share the grief and pain that they are going through.
“Edward has lost his mum, his job and his home.”
Matt was also an old school friend of Jason Shingler, who is missing and presumed dead.
He said: “Jason was like a big brother you wished you had. He was always up for a laugh.
“His family are going through hell and back every day, waiting for that phone to ring saying they have got Jason. Until then they haven’t got any closure.”
Earlier this week Matt returned to the wrecked house which grandmother of three Dorothy shared with Edward, near the blast site.
He said: “Everything was as it was the way she left it that morning, but the house felt different.
“There was a cold energy, like the soul of the house was gone. That was my mum, she was the heart and soul of my family.
Matt has appealed for bosses at Boden Group to meet the families of those killed or injured. He added: “Why haven’t the owners come down and met us? They haven’t made contact with any of us in almost five weeks. Just come and talk to us.”
A spokesman for Wood Treatment Ltd said: “We have been in contact with all four families and have offered them our support and deepest sympathies at this extremely difficult time.”
‘It was the worst day of my life. I had a gut feeling mum was dead’
●● Matt Bailey and (inset) his mum Dorothy