Two homes demolished after 'catastrophic' gas explosion

Two homes almost completely razed to the ground in a gas explosion that killed a grandmother have now been demolished.  

Janet Jasper, 79, was killed in the 'catastrophic' blast when a cooker generator switch caused a spark following a gas pipe leak in Birstall, Leicestershire.  

The tragic explosion destroyed two homes and damaged 50 more on Monday, December 11. 

Janet Jasper, 79, was killed in the blast when a cooker generator switch caused a spark following a gas pipe leak in Birstall, Leicestershire (pictured, the remains of the buildings)

Janet Jasper, 79, was killed in the blast when a cooker generator switch caused a spark following a gas pipe leak in Birstall, Leicestershire (pictured, the remains of the buildings)

The buildings have now been demolished completely with only flowers left on the site

The buildings have now been demolished completely with only flowers left on the site

Mrs Jasper (pictured, with her husband) died as she slept in her bed in Birstall

Mrs Jasper (pictured, with her husband) died as she slept in her bed in Birstall

Weeks later elderly neighbours and families have been told it will be the summer before they can return to their properties.

At least nine houses in the street have been abandoned since the incident with three bungalows behind the blast site, are also vacant because of damage. 

Bright flowers and tributes now lay on the barren plot of land where Mrs Jasper's home once stood. 

While other homes are covered in boards and scaffolding with debris littering the ground surrounding them.

A relative of a nearby resident who has had to abandon their bungalow said: 'It's just a nightmare. It's just a big mess.' 

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said that the explosion was accidental and concluded that there would be no criminal investigation.

This aerial photo shows the devastation of the explosion on December 11 last year

This aerial photo shows the devastation of the explosion on December 11 last year

Neighbouring homes are still covered in scaffolding with boarded up windows, weeks after the explosion 

Neighbouring homes are still covered in scaffolding with boarded up windows, weeks after the explosion 

A spokesperson said: 'The cause has been categorised

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