Gas confirmed as cause of house explosion which killed pensioner

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed that internal gas caused the eruption on Baberton Mains Avenue.

Gas has been confirmed as the cause of an explosion which destroyed a house in Edinburgh, killing one person and injuring two.

The Health and Safety Executive has produced its initial findings after an eruption on Baberton Mains Avenue at around 10.25pm on Friday.

They said the blast was caused by “internal gas installations” at the property – and not the entire network.

Two people, a 43-year-old woman and 54-year-old man, were rescued from the ruins of the home, while an 84-year-old man died following the explosion.

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

The aftermath of the explosion on Baberton Mains Avenue.STV News

A HSE spokesperson said: “The focus of our investigation relates to the internal gas installations at the property and not the network.

“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the man who sadly lost his life.”

A spokeswoman for gas distributor SGN expressed its “deepest sympathies” after it was confirmed a man had died and two were injured due to the incident.

They said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the man who has tragically died as well as those who have been injured.”

Neighbours previously told STV it sounded as though a bomb had gone off and said the explosion was so loud it could be heard from miles away.

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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