Boiler blast investigation is launched

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THE Health and Safety Executive has launched a probe into a boiler explosion at a bungalow which left two pensioners in hospital.

Alf and Hazel Kirk, of April Drive, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, were injured when workmen were repairing their boiler last weekend.

Neighbours heard a huge blast and saw smoke seeping through the roof tiles.

Mr Kirk, aged 77, suffered a broken leg and facial injuries in the blast.

His wife, 73, also suffered facial injuries but was discharged from hospital after treatment.

Health and Safety inspectors visited the bungalow with a gas specialist and South Yorkshire Police.

A HSE spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the incident and are investigating. Inspectors have visited the scene.”

Detective Inspector Gary Askew, of South Yorkshire Police, who is overseeing a police probe into the circumstances, said it had caused “substantial damage”.

The workmen were not injured.