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Shock as gas explosion destroys home of pensioner

2 August, 2007

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann has said that the local community was in shock after a gas explosion destroyed the home of a pensioner in Twinbrook, West Belfast last night.

Jennifer McCann and representatives from the Safer Neighbourhoods Scheme visited the area after the explosion last night.

The pensioner whose home was destroyed in the explosion was pulled to safety by a local man. The area was sealed off after the explosion and two people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Ms McCann said:

"While the cause of this explosion is unclear we can be thankful that no one appears to have been seriously injured.

"The devastation is massive. A man is lucky to be alive but he has lost almost everythying.

"The local community is in a state of shock.

"I want to thank the response of local people and the local priest who opened the local community centre to provide support for local residents." ENDS

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