A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation has identified a failed gas pipe as the cause of a fatal gas explosion at 44 Allington Drive, Birstall, Leicestershire on 11 December 2017.

The pipe was installed in the concrete floor when the house was built in the early 1960s. However, the HSE investigation found that the pipe failure was not age or corrosion related, instead the pipe failed as a result of the ground beneath the concrete floor moving and sinking and affecting the pipe’s integrity. The HSE also stated that "a number of other factors also contributed", and without them it doesn't believe that the incident would have happened.

The HSE said that the risk to any other properties nearby is "extremely low" but advised that if residents are concerned, they should consult a Gas Safe-registered business for advice.

A HSE spokesperson commented: “HSE’s enquiries into the gas explosion at Allington Drive in Birstall which occurred on 11 December 2017 has concluded.

“While information gained during our enquiries suggest that properties built at the same time, by the same builder, in the same area may have a slightly elevated risk above the extremely low national average, we would like to reassure residents, in particular homeowners and landlords, that any risk is extremely low and properties are not at any immediate risk.

“Residents are not required to do anything. If residents are concerned or indeed want further advice and assurance, then please call the Gas Safe Register helpline on 0800 408 5500."