Police are still investigating after two people died and five people were injured in a gas explosion at a house in Newark, Nottinghamshire. The explosion happened on Wright Street at around 5pm on Sunday.
Demolition work will continue today after an explosion in Newark which killed seventy one year-old Leslie Rourke and his his daughter-in-law Jeanette. Houses either side of the property are being knocked down.
Police were last night investigating whether a botched job sparked the explosion which tore through a row of terraced houses in Newark.
Company director Leslie Rourke, 71, was discovered buried in rubble beneath the ground floor.
Fire crews searching the wreckage found the body of his daughter-in-law Jeanette Rourke, 40.
Mrs Rourke’s husband, Nick, 42, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the explosion in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on Sunday.
A four-month-old girl had a miraculous escape meanwhile after being rescued from a neighbouring property along with a seven-year-old boy and another woman. All three have already been discharged from Queen’s Medical Centre.
At least 100 people were evacuated following Sunday’s explosion.
A police cordon remains in place at the scene of a suspected gas blast in Wright Street, Newark.
Work is continuing to remove roof slates and bricks from the houses affected while forensic investigations take place.
Building Control Services from Newark and Sherwood District Council will be doing the controlled demolition of the supporting walls and the rest of the roof structure on the two neighbouring properties.