Woman killed in explosion while on video call identified as ‘loving’ 61-year-old

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The sole victim of a house explosion in Summerseat has been named as "loving" 61-year-old Hazel Wilcock, Manchester Evening News reports.

Her body was discovered in the rubble of her house that blew up in East View, Greater Manchester on the evening of Wednesday February 17.

She was reportedly on a video call with friends when the house was reduced to rubble at around 9.20pm.

A search of the wreckage followed and Hazel’s body was sadly found amongst the rubble by emergency services.

The cause of the explosion and subsequent collapse of her house has not be confirmed and is being investigated by Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Friends have paid tribute to Hazel, who is understood to have been a much-loved member of the community.

Close friend, Amanda Webber, wrote on Facebook that Hazel had a "beautiful soul inside and out."

She said Hazel will be "sadly missed by all" who knew her and added that it was a pleasure "to have worked for you."

Ms Webber wrote: "A beautiful soul inside and out.

"It was a pleasure to have known you and to have worked for you, may you Rest in eternal peace and your smile shine down on us all.

"You shall be sadly missed by all who knew you."

Neighbour June Winsche said she met Hazel through the village committee and from walking their dog together.

She said Hazel had "lots of friends and loved entertaining" and would always invite her over for meals, and take care of her dogs when she was away.

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Ms Winsche said: "Hazel was just so kind. We went on retreats together and she took time with me when I was going through a very bad time.

"She was a counsellor so had amazing listening skills and I am aware she helped a lot more people.

"She was very inspirational and pushed me to start my own business because she believed in me so much."

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Police said three other people were treated at the scene and the fire service while a mum and daughter were rushed for hospital.

A friend of the pair reportedly said the mum and daughter were lucky to be alive.

Thirty homes were evacuated in the area, with some families only allowed back home on Thursday February 18.

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