A child was killed and a man seriously burned in an explosion that destroyed a house in northwest England. One person was believed to be trapped in the rubble and another unaccounted for. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital with burns to 80 percent of his body. The explosion left a smoking pile of rubble where the terraced house had stood in the town of Oldham, 260 km northwest of London. The National Grid utilities company said five houses were damaged and 100 homes evacuated after the blast. It said residents had complained of a smell of gas before the blast and police said they were investigating a possible gas leak.
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