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‘Caring’ dad killed in gas blast as family face agonising wait over cause

Emergency services were called at around 1.30pm on Friday, October 15, to a report of a suspected explosion where a house had collapsed, sadly killing Carl Whalley

Carl’s ‘devastated’ family paid tribute to the ‘caring’ father

A family have paid tribute to a “caring and funny” dad killed in gas blast – as they new face an agonising wait into the cause of the explosion.

Carl Whalley, 57, died in the blast on Kirkby Avenue in Lancashire, which saw the house collapse to the ground on Friday, October 15.

In a statement his family said: “Carl was a much loved member of the family, we are all devastated by this tragedy and no amount of time will lessen the pain that we are all going through, he was the centre of our world and it has been ripped apart.”

Charlotte, Carl’s daughter, said: “Everything I do in my life I do to make my Mum and Dad proud. I want to carry on in my Dad’s footsteps and make sure that his legacy lives on forever.



The collapsed house in Kirkby Avenue, Clayton-le-Woods
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“He taught me everything I know and my life will never be the same without him.”

An investigation into the cause of the incident was launched between Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, supported by other partner agencies, and is on-going.

While a cordon remains around the property, a number of the surrounding roads have reopened and residents have been able to return to their homes.

Local authority partners are assisting with welfare for residents whose houses are within the closure area still in place on Kirkby Avenue and Claughton Avenue.



Emergency services at the house explosion in Clayton-le-Woods
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DCI Zoe Russo of Lancashire Police said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with Mr Whalley’s family at this deeply distressing time.

“Our investigation into the incident, what we now know was a house fire, is in its early stages and we our working with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and associated partner agencies to establish the cause of the incident.

“I would like to thank the nearby residents for their patience, especially those who have had to be evacuated from their houses.



Residents were evacuated from houses nearby after the explosion in Kirkby Avenue, Clayton-le-Woods
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“I would also appeal to anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to police and has any information they think may assist us in our investigation to please contact us. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who has CCTV of the surrounding area to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting log reference 0756 of October 15th. Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted 0800 555 111.


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