Lancashire Constabulary - Explosion at Heysham
Detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward after an explosion at a house in Heysham occurred in the early hours of this morning (16th May 2021)
Details of Incident
Police investigating a gas explosion at a house in Heysham in which a toddler died have identified the source of the blast.
Emergency services were called to the scene on mallowdale Avenue at about 2:40am on Sunday, May 16th.
Officers attended and found two houses collapsed with serious damage to a third property.
Very sadly toddler George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, died as a result of the blast. Our thoughts remain with his loved ones at this distressing time.
George's parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen hinds were also injured, although thankfully not seriously. They were taken to hospital but have now been discharged. They continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
Two other people - a man aged 44 and a woman aged 50 - remain in hospital with injuries described as critical.
Detectives, assisted by gas experts, have been carrying out a fingertip search of the scene following the explosion and have now identified the cause of the explosition as a gas pipe which had been cut inside No. 20, Mallowdale Avenue.
Enquires are ongoing into how and why the pipe came to be severed - enquiries which are likely to take some considerable time. The police enquiry is now being classed as a criminal investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Jane Webb of the Force Major Investigation Team, said "My thoughts first and foremost remain with George's family and loved ones at this time, as well as those others affected by this incident.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20210516-0643. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.