Tributes to couple killed in explosion during storm

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a couple killed when high winds uprooted a tree during the recent storm, causing an explosion.

Suhail Akhtar, 46, and girlfriend Dorota Kolasinska, 34, were found dead under rubble after their home in Hounslow, west London, was destroyed by a suspected gas mains blast.

One tree devastated three houses and damaged two others when it fell on a gas main and led to an explosion.
The couple were found dead under rubble after their home in Hounslow, west London, was destroyed. Credit: Twitter/@LondonFire

Ms Kolasinska, who had been working for Hackney Council for nine months as a traffic light sequencer, was described as "extremely popular and hard-working".

Sheldon Hawkshaw, a close friend of Mr Akhtar, told the London Evening Standard, "He was a go-to guy. He always had time for everyone. He always made us laugh and will be sorely missed."

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