Hazel Wilcock Wiki – Killed
Hospice worker, 61, who was killed in an explosion that destroyed a home in Greater Manchester ‘while on a video call with friends’ as tributes pour in for ‘beautiful soul inside and out’ A ‘lovely lady’ found Dead after an explosion tore through a home in Greater Manchester has been appointed a 61-year-old hospice counselor.
Hazel Wilcock was killed in the devastating explosion while she was sitting in her living room “on a Zoom call with her friends.”
The 61-year-old’s terraced house in Summerseat, Greater Manchester was reduced to rubble by the blast.
Emergency crews were called to the collapsed house just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and found the body shortly after.
A 36-year-old neighbor said that Ms. Wilcock had been killed while she was on a video call in her living room.
Tributes have been paid to ‘generous, kind and caring’ Mrs Wilcock as neighbors and friends mourn the ‘great loss’ of a ‘beautiful soul inside and out’. Emma Ferguson-Coleman posted on Facebook: “ It is very sad to learn of the tragic and untimely death of Hazel Wilcock (formerly Flynn).
“We met 17 years ago when I interviewed her for the BDA Counseling Service.
She got the job and created what is now SignHealth’s amazing therapy service for deaf BSL users.
Hazel was a force of nature who firmly believed that deaf people were equal citizens in society. She had a great sense of humor and always had a cheeky gleam in her eyes.
‘She was generous, kind, supportive and empowering. She will be missed very much and she is a great loss to many people. May Hazel’s star shine brighter in the sky.
Hazel began working with St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester, as a counselor and clinical advisor in November 2016, before assuming the role of lead counselor in April last year. Arthur Pickles, 73, said: ‘She was a lovely lady, with a very caring attitude.
“I wasn’t surprised to find out that she was a counselor because she just reassured you and it was so easy to talk to her.”
Greater Manchester Police confirmed yesterday that a woman was pronounced dead at the scene and another woman and a child were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Kerry Crompton told The Sun: ‘It’s very sad about the lady. She used to see her walking her dog. I have been told that, at the time, she was in the living room on a video call with her friends. That must have been horrible for those people. ‘
The mother-of-two pulled her neighbor named Stephanie, her daughter Evie and the dog Besti from the wreckage of the blast, which damaged several houses.
She said: ‘They were both absolutely black. Stephanie was screaming. I just grabbed them and pulled them out. The girl was hysterical.
Thirty houses in East View, Summerseat, were evacuated as a precautionary measure and three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Search and rescue dogs were also deployed to the scene as fire crews prepared to extinguish the last flames.
Cadent gas officers could be seen assessing the scene, with a strong gas smell reported in the area.
Forensic agents were also seen searching the area, with a forensic tent parked near the scene.
Aerial photographs show damage inflicted on terraced property underneath a railway line. The explosion tore through the walls and ceiling, revealing the destroyed interior. Debris was thrown onto the road and covered the front lawn.
Chief Inspector Jamie Collins said: “We think we know who she is based on this address and initial inquiries.”
He said 30 surrounding houses were initially evacuated, but all residents, except those who lived on the same road as the collapsed house, were allowed to return to their properties.
He added: “We are keeping an open mind regarding the circumstances of this incident and investigations are ongoing.” An investigation was underway with the fire service, Cadent Gas and partners in local authorities and the gas supply had been isolated, he said.
Steve Wilcock of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said crews would remain at the scene for the next few days and were working to get people back to their homes.
However, he said they were taking a cautious approach and a cordon remained. He said firefighters rushed to the scene Wednesday night.
He added: ‘The firefighters have been working through the night. The weather has not been very good for us, but they have done a brilliant job.