An inquest has heard how a build-up of fumes from foam filler caused an explosion which killed a father and daughter in Newark earlier this year.
The bodies of 71-year-old Leslie Rourke and his daughter-in-law Jeanette Rourke, 40, were found inside the terraced house on Wright Street after it collapsed in May.
A coroner today ruled their deaths were accidental, after hearing that experts had determined at least 18 cans of foam filler had been used in a short space of time within a confined cellar area - and it should only be used in a well ventilated space.
Supt Mike Manley, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was clearly a tragic accident which resulted in two people losing their lives. The blast was caused by a build-up of fumes from foam filler advised to only be used in a well ventilated space.
“The devastation caused in terms of both the loss to the Rourke family and also to the local people of Newark is indescribable. Our thoughts go out to Leslie and Jeanette’s family and friends and all those who knew them.”
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.