Grandfather, 71, and daughter-in-law, 40, killed in gas explosion that ripped through terraced house
The body of retired company director Leslie Rourke, 71, was discovered buried beneath the basement and groundfloor of the property shortly after midnight. His daughter-in-law Jeanette Rourke, 40, also died in the explosion and her body was still being recovered yesterday afternoon. Jeannette’s husband Nick, in his 40s, was rescued from the rubble and is fighting for his life in hospital.
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Roger Furnell, 52, pulled to a halt on the M1 when he heard loud banging noises coming from inside a German HGV. Intrigued, the heating engineer manoeuvered his Hyundai i40 behind the seven-tonne freezer truck and saw its back doors flexing as if they were being forced open.
Preston Likely, 42, scrambled up a drainpipe to reach the stricken tot after spotting him perched on the top of the pitched roof. The little boy’s panicked mother had tried to rescue him but became stuck herself as she tried to reach her son.