- Jamie Kirkby was found dead after the explosion at a home in Andover
- The Andover gas explosion had 1 fatality
- Reports suggest that the explosion was caused by gas at 2:30 am
- Hampshire Constabulary confirmed that it was, in fact, a gas explosion
Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed the name of the 48-year-old man that unfortunately was pronounced dead at the scene in King Arthurs Way.
Investigations by Police and partners are still on-going, and residents close by have all been ‘accounted’ for says Police.
Fire crews have left the scene since everyone is ‘accounted’ for.
“The debris covers about a 25-metre radius.” Says Andy Phillps.
Two houses in Launcelot Close were affected by the explosion, one has been completely destroyed, with the other suffering serious damage to both floors.
Locals have told Andover and Villages that the explosion was so loud, that it set off car alarms as far away as Charlton.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Police have given a statement.
The explosion caused a building collapse in King Arthurs Way, Andover.
“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and its Urban Search and Rescue teams are continuing to search the scene.
“A number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service worked closely with colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and South Central Ambulance Service.
“A joint fire and a police investigation is underway.”
An eye-witness said, “An officer told me that it was a gas explosion.”
The explosion has been confirmed and happened at 2:30 am (Thursday 27th December 2018).
Emergency services arrived at the scene quickly.
Reports suggest that the power has been cut all throughout the estate.
Hampshire Fire & Rescue had released a specially trained dog to find missing persons. It was barking in the wreckage according to reports following this the HF&R discussed and packed up their gear.
KGF Cars were at the scene supporting and handing out bacon sandwiches to the victims involved.
Sources have confirmed that a body has been pulled from the wreckage. Hampshire Police have not yet confirmed that.
Phil North, Leader of the Test Valley Borough Council said; “Everyone has really rallied around to help each other and I would like to thank the local community for their support, as well as the emergency services who are doing a great job in an incredibly difficult situation.
“We have received offers of donations of household essentials and we are incredibly grateful for these but at this stage, we are working with our partners to understand how we can best meet the needs of those families affected by the incident.”
Chief Inspector Kory Thorne, Test Valley district commander, said: