FIREFIGHTERS continue to remain at the scene of a collapsed house in Summerseat, Ramsbottom. 

Emergency services were called to East View at around 9.20pm last night.

One woman has since been pronounced dead at the scene, while two people were taken to hopsital with minor injuries. 

As of 12pm today firefighters continue to monitor the structure of the affected mid-terrace house and neighbouring properties. 

If it is deemed safe, firefighters will assist local residents back into their homes in the next couple of hours. 

Where others need to remain out of the houses for the time being, firefighters will access homes to retrieve essential personal items including medication, mobile phones and bank cards.

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Watch Manager Steve Wilcock, Incident Commander at the scene, said: "I want to first pass on my condolences to the family and friends of the woman who tragically lost her life at this incident - our thoughts are with them at what must be an incredibly sad and difficult time.

"Given the nature of this scene I must also praise the professionalism and dedication of the firefighters who have worked here all night in the driving rain, as well as throughout the morning.

"An investigation is now under way so it would not be appropriate to speculate at this time on a probable cause.

"It's also important to place on record our appreciation for the help and co-operation of local people.

"Summerseat is a close-knit community and there has been an outpouring of support, with many neighbours offering their homes to those evacuated from roughly 20 houses last night.

"I am proud to serve this community and GMFRS, GMP, Bury Council and other partner agencies will continue to work really hard today to do the best by local people without compromising the scene."