Two killed in house gas blast

A man and his daughter-in-law are believed to have been killed in a suspected gas blast, police have said. Police believe Leslie Rourke, 71, and his daughter-in-law Jeanette, 40, died following the explosion at a terraced house on Sunday.

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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.


Man and woman killed in Newark blast are named

A man and a woman who died in a suspected gas blast have been named locally as Jeanette and Leslie Rourke.

The pair are thought to have died following the explosion at the terraced house on Sunday, which has left a second man, believed to be Nicholas Rourke, in hospital.

The remains of a house in Wright Street, Newark that was destroyed in an explosion. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

However a four-month old girl had a miraculous escape, after she was rescued from a neighbouring property, with a woman and a seven-year-old boy, Nottinghamshire Police said.

They were taken to the city's Queen's Medical Centre for treatment and have since been discharged.

Four-month-old baby survived gas blast

A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman confirmed a woman and two men had been in the house where the suspected explosion took place.

She said a woman and two children, a seven-year-old and a four-month-old baby, were taken to hospital from the next door property and later discharged.

The spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the sex of the children or the ages of the other adults involved at this time.


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