Family pay tribute to dad killed in house explosion

James Smith, 84, died after an eruption on Baberton Mains Avenue on Friday night.

Family pay tribute to dad killed in Edinburgh house explosion Police Scotland

The family of a man who was killed after a house exploded in Edinburgh have paid tribute.

Police Scotland confirmed an 84-year-old man died following an eruption on Baberton Mains Avenue at around 10.25pm on Friday.

He has since been named as James Findlay Smith, known as Jimmy.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family said: “It is with deep regret that our Father/ Papa/ Father in Law, James Findlay Smith, sadly lost his life in the tragic events at Baberton Mains Avenue on December 1, 2023.

The aftermath of the explosion on Baberton Mains Avenue in Edinburgh.Daniel Jackson

“Our thoughts are with everyone involved and our well wishes go to the impacted families.

“We would like to thank the emergency services and the neighbours who went above and beyond for their support and help on the evening and following days.

“We request that you respect our privacy at this time.”

Two people, a 43-year-old woman and 54-year-old man, survived the blast and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Their current conditions are unknown at this time.

The Health and Safety Executive produced its initial findings from the eruption on Monday, confirming the blast was caused by “internal gas installations” at the property – and not the entire network.

An online fundraiser has since raised over £20,000 after been launched by neighbour Ross Aitchison, in an effort to help the affected family.

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