TWO pensioners were rushed to hospital with facial injuries after their boiler exploded at their home in Barnsley.
Alf and Hazel Kirk, both in their 70s, were hurt in the blast on April Drive, Monk Bretton. Alf is believed to have also suffered a broken leg.
Two engineers repairing the boiler at the time were also injured, but were treated at the scene by paramedics.
Worried neighbours said they heard the explosion - and one spotted smoke or steam seeping through the roof tiles.
Doreen Burrows, 65, who lives near the couple on April Close, told The Star she heard a “bang”.
“It sounded like somebody banging a door,” she said.
“I went to the window and saw smoke coming out from the tiles. It seemed to get worse later on.”
Doreen added: “I know what it’s like - our back boiler exploded a couple of years ago and that made a horrible noise.”
The Kirks have lived on April Drive for around 12 years and have two sons as well as grandchildren.
Alan Winfield, 61, who lives opposite, described them as a “smashing couple”.
Alan, a retired warehouse worker, has holidayed with Alf and Hazel together with his wife Jane Winfield, 62. “It’s a shame this has happened,” he added.
Yesterday a police car was parked outside the bungalow. An investigation into the blast, at around 4.30pm on Sunday, is being carried out by the Fire and Rescue Service.