Gas blast which killed pensioner was 'not related' to the network as it emerges ... trends now

Gas blast which killed pensioner was 'not related' to the network as it emerges ... trends now
Gas blast which killed pensioner was 'not related' to the network as it emerges ... trends now

Gas blast which killed pensioner was 'not related' to the network as it emerges ... trends now

James Smith, 84, died after massive explosion completely destroys next door neighbour’s home and damages dozens more  Local residents helped save two victims from wreckage in Edinburgh street, digging one out of the rubble 

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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

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

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

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

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