OAP couple in home explosion

An elderly couple in their 70s were taken to hospital after an explosion, suspected to be caused by a gas leak, "totally demolished" their home near Stirling. Marianne Cunningham, 74, has been discharged. Husband Robin, 77, is in a stable condition.

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Safety checks after explosion at OAP couple's home

Officials attend the scene of devastation after a blast in Scotland which put an elderly couple in hospital and wrecked most of their home. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The damage was caused by a suspected gas explosion at around 5:30am at the house in Murdiston Avenue in Callander, near Stirling. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Nine neighbouring houses were evacuated. Residents are expected to return to their homes tonight after safety checks are completed. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Salmond: House explosion will be taken 'very seriously'

First minister Alex Salmond has commented on the house explosion that caused an elderly couple to be admitted to hospital.

Speaking at Holyrood to Bruce Crawford, the SNP's constituency MSP for Stirling, he said:

Of course the expressions of concern from the constituency member will be shared across the chamber. Obviously we shouldn't draw conclusions, there has been no investigation as yet.

But I can assure that this matter will be taken very seriously by both the authorities and by Government ministers.

We join with Bruce Crawford in sending our sympathies to those affected by this incident.

– First Minister Alex Salmond

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Explosion 'totally destroys' elderly couple's house

Two pensioners were taken to hospital this morning after an explosion "totally destroyed" their house.

Marianne Cunningham, 74, was taken to Forth Valley Royal Infirmary with minor injuries before later being discharged.

Robin Cunningham, 77, was airlifted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary by helicopter, where he remains in a stable condition.

It is thought that a gas leak caused the explosion.

The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News
The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News
The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News

Elderly couple in house explosion named

The elderly couple who were taken to hospital after an explosion "totally demolished" their home in Stirling have been named.

Marianne Cunningham, 74, was taken to Forth Valley Royal Infirmary with minor injuries before later being discharged.

Robin Cunningham, 77, was airlifted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary by helicopter, where he remains in a stable condition.

Nine houses evacuated after explosion

The location of the house explosion in Callander, Stirling Credit: Google Maps

Nine houses in Murdiston Avenue and nearby Aveland Road in Callander, Stirling, have been evacuated after a house explosion.

Chief Inspector Russell Penman said: "The house has been totally demolished as a result of the explosion.

"We are treating this as a suspected gas leak and inquiries are at a very early stage to establish the cause. Scotland Gas Networks are in attendance and working with us."

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