Blast properties demolished

Up to six properties are being demolished and work is continuing to remove roof slates and bricks from the houses hit by a Newark blast, while forensic investigations take place. Some residents have returned home. Two bodies were found at the scene.

Gas supply ruled out as cause of Newark house blast

The blast completely destroyed a house in the terrace in Newark Credit: PA

An investigation into the cause of the explosion at a house in Newark in Nottinghamshire has today ruled out the domestic gas supply.

Fire crews on the scene of the explosion Credit: PA

Police and fire crews will continue to establish what caused the explosion, which resulted in the death of Jeanette Rourke and Leslie Rourke on Sunday 19 May.

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Newark street closed after gas explosion

Wright Street in Newark in Nottinghamshire is closed in both directions because police are still investigating the gas blast that took place between Hill Vue Gardens and Clay Lane/Cromwell Road.

Up to six properties are being demolished following the explosion at the weekend. Restrictions are also likely to be in place on other local roads as a result.

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Work continues at Newark blast site

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.

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Newark blast: Some residents return home

Residents in odd numbered properties of Wright Street have now gone back to their homes.

People from Private Street and even numbered properties in Wright Street are being asked to get ready for another night away from their homes.

Demolition and forensic work may continue to disrupt utility supplies to these properties.

Residents from affected properties should report to the Information Centre at Charles Street Methodist Church or contact the helpline on 0300 500 80 80.

National Grid will need to get into the properties to restore supply and carry out testing.

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