An explosion that flattened a bungalow in the Fens is being blamed on metal thieves who had stolen copper gas pipes from the property. Police say it was sheer luck that no-one was killed or seriously injured in the blast at Leverington near Wisbech.
Crews were called to the semi-detached bungalow at 01:05 GMT.The property, which was found to be empty, was completely destroyed in the explosion. Crews from Wisbech and March were able to prevent the fire spreading to the adjoining bungalow.
– Mark Bennet-Tighe, Cambridgeshire Fire
"Damaging or stealing gas pipes is extremely dangerous and can put lives at risk, as this incident shows.
If you are leaving a property vacant it is a good idea if possible to isolate the gas and electrics as this will reduce the risk of this sort of thing occurring."