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
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