Death-cheat family shaken by gas horror
‘The whole place could have blown up’says mum
A Springhall family cheated death when thieves ripped gas pipes off their home wall.
Kerry- Ann Torley ( 29) and Jamie Wright (31) were fast asleep in their Cruachan Road home on Sunday night into Monday morning (May 11) when the thugs struck.
When Jamie woke up the next morning for work, he could smell gas throughout the house.
He dialled 999 as soon as he spotted the problem and got Karen, as well as their two children, Ellie (4) and Millie (2) Wright, to safety.
At the time, the family didn’t realise how close they had come to disaster, but in the cold light of day, full-time mum Kerry -Ann admits she has been left shaken by the ordeal.
She said: “Jamie woke up about 6.30am for work and as soon as he got up he could smell gas. Then he said he could taste it.
“He went downstairs and the whole place was stinking. We were looking to see if there were any leaks.
“We could hear it hissing then we went outside and the pipes had all been ripped off the wall.
“Jamie phoned 999 and they sent out a gas man, but he said it was a serious incident and we should contact the police.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare, I’m trying not to think about what could have happened.
“It’s pretty horrific, I actually feel very shaken.
“The whole house was full yesterday trying to get things back to normal, although we had to keep Ellie off nursery as she was feeling a bit sick.”
When asked what possible consequences could have come from it, Kerry-Ann said: “The whole place could have blown up.
“Not just our place. We are a block of 10 and whose to say it wouldn’t have affected the next block. All it would have taken was a light switch, someone walking past with a cigarette or even a mobile phone going off.
“We were very lucky Jamie was up before the heating went on.”
Kerry- Ann said she was speaking out to make more people aware of the issue.
She added: “There’s a see-saw outside our home, so right away people will know we have children here, but that hasn’t stopped them.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen Police said: “I can confirm that we are investigating the theft of copper gas piping from homes in the Springhall area which occurred in the early hours of Monday,May 11 2015.
“Interference with any of the utilities is dangerous and highly irresponsible, particularly gas supplies.
“We are appealing for any witnesses or members of the community with information to contact us on 101.”
It’s pretty horrific, I actually feel very shaken
Crime The pipe was ripped from the wall of Kerry-Ann and Jamie’s home
Lucky escape KerryAnn Torley and Jamie Wright with their kids, Ellie (4) and Millie (2)