As a result of the explosion on Buckley Street Shaw on Tuesday Greater Manchester Police together with Fire Service and Oldham Council placed a cordon on the affected locality.
The original cordon on Tuesday meant that around 270 properties were displaced
On Tuesday night the number reduced to 143.
Currently there are 65 properties that cannot access their home.
They hope to reduce this to 50 today.
This will mean that by the end of the 4th day residents will have returned to 220 properties.
Unfortunately those houses at the centre of the explosion are contained within the crime scene and all still require careful assessment prior to any decision being made regarding the structural safety.
For any information regarding the current status of your affected property please contact Oldham Council on 0161 770 7770.
Greater Manchester Police would urge anyone with information regarding the incident on Buckley Street to come forward and speak to the police on 0161 856 8959 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.