Probe af­ter man killed in house ex­plo­sion -

Mys­tery still sur­rounds the cause of the dev­as­tat­ing blaze - but res­i­dents re­port smelling gas ear­lier in the day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

A man was killed in an ex­plo­sion which de­stroyed his bun­ga­low. The man, who has not been for­mally iden­ti­fied, was in his home in Back Lane, Eye when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened at about 8.30pm on Thurs­day night.

Res­i­dents l iv­ing near the prop­erty re­ported hear­ing a bang hun­dreds of­yard­s­away, and flames were seen ris­ing high into the sky.

Someneigh­bour­salso said they had smelt gas near the bun­ga­low ear­lier in the day.

De­spite the best ef­forts of emer­gen­cy­ser­vices, they­were not able to res­cue the man from the prop­erty.

Crews were un­able to re­cover the body - or even en­ter the prop­erty - un­til the week­end once the struc­ture had been made safe.

De­bris from the house was scat­tered across the lawn in front of the prop­erty, and some­ofthe ex­ten­sive dam­age could be seen through holes blown through the walls.

Someres­i­dentsliv­ing­close tothe­bun­ga­loww­ere­forcedto stay with friends and fam­ily af­ter the blaze.

Mys­tery still sur­rounds the cause of the fire, be­cause much of the ev­i­dence was de­stroyed i n the fire

fire ser­vice spokesman said: “The dam­age to the prop­erty was ex­tremel­y­se­vere, mak­ing the cause very dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine.

“Our fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion work on site has fin­ished, but fur­ther work is be­ing car­ried out by the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive.

“Once this has con­cluded we hope to con­firm the ex­act cause.”

A spokesman for the Na- tional Grid said their ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed there had been no is­sues with the gas net­work in the area.

The­fire­ser­vice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion fin­ished on Tues­day, and po­lice said there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances

Sta­tion Com­man­derGavin Ham­mond, from Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said five crews had been on the scene at the height of the blaze.

He said: “Ini­tial crews found a sig­nif­i­cantly devel­oped fire, which cre­ated is­sues for the safety of other res­i­dents, as this build­ing is a linked semi de­tached prop­erty.

“Gasen­gi­neer­swere­called to isolate the gas sup­ply.

“There was sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the in­tegrity of the prop­er­ty­whichcre­ate­dis­sues fromthe­fire­fight­ing­per­spec­tive and­for the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

An East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman­said the ser­vice’s Haz­ardous Area Re­sponse Team (HART), two am­bu­lances, two am­bu­lance

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