Four missing in huge wood mill explosion in Cheshire

An explosion in a wood mill in Cheshire, south of Macclesfield, has caused a four-storey building to collapse and four people are unaccounted for.
The explosion happened just before 9am (Friday July 17) and fire and emergency crews arrived shortly afterwards to find the building collapsed and attended to those wounded on the scene.
According to West Midlands Ambulance Service, four people were taken to hospital with burns, including a 29-year-old woman who had serious burn injuries to her head, arms, face and chest. The woman was flown to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. A further four people were unaccounted for, believed to still be in the building at the time of the incident. There were around 20 employees working in the mill when the explosion happened.
Fire officers warned that there was a risk of further explosions. People living in the area were advised to close their windows to avoid smoke inhalation. An information helpline has been set up for those concerned about the fire. The number is 0300 123 5034. Those worried about relatives or friends can call Cheshire Police on 101.

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