Gas blast which killed pensioner was 'not related' to the network as it emerges ... trends now
A gas explosion which left one man dead and two others injured was ‘not related’ to any fault with the gas network, it was revealed yesterday.
The blast on Friday night destroyed a suburban home in Baberton, Edinburgh, leaving furniture, clothes, roof beams, bricks and floorboards strewn across the street.
Stephanie Chapman, 43, and 54-year-old Robert Taylor were rescued from the wreckage by neighbours but widower James Smith, 84, was killed by the blast.
Investigations into the cause of the explosion are ongoing.
Yesterday, officials from gas distributor SGN revealed an initial investigation alongside the Health and Safety Executive had confirmed that the blast had not been caused by a fault with the network.
The explosion in the Baberton area of the Capital on Friday night could be heard up to seven miles away
James Smith, 84, was killed after neighbouring home is obliterated in powerful blast
Chunks of rubble and a concrete pillar had landed on a car
SGN added that the pipes in Baberton Mains Avenue had been upgraded in June 2022.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘After a thorough investigation, the Health and