National Grid failed to locate source of leak in days preceding the explosion… An explosion which caused a house to collapse in Stoke-on-Trent is believed to have been caused by excessive amounts of gas building up within the property according to police.
Two residents sustained minor injuries as a result of the explosion at the terraced house in Shelton this week but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
An investigation into the accident determined that accidental ignition by one of the electrical items in the room of the house was the cause of the explosion. There had been reports of locals smelling gas in the area but National Grid twice sent out staff to investigate these reports and on both occasions they failed to discover the source of any gas leak or any evidence of hazardous substances in the area.
A spokesman for the National Grid explained the situation:
“We are responsible for the gas pipeline network as far as the customer’s meter. Then once it is inside the house it is the responsibility of the owner.
“It was a thorough and costly investigation carried out by experienced engineers.
“Every indication at this stage is it was caused by a build-up of gas from an escape within the property.”
After the explosion members of the local fire service rushed to the scene and Staffordshire police secured the area around the house and begun their investigation.
Det Insp Steve Morrey said he was relieved that nobody had been seriously hurt as a result of the house collapse:
“After a joint investigation the cause of the explosion has been determined as accidental ignition.
“It is fortunate that no-one was more seriously injured as a result of this incident.”
Neighbouring homes were evacuated after the explosion and roads in the vicinity were also closed as a precaution.
The house, or what remains of it, has been cordoned off and it is now being examined by Health and Safety Executive officials