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Probes as gas blast hospitalises family

THREE separate investigations are under way into the cause of a gas explosion at a housing estate that left a family in hospital.

The blast occurred several hours after a repair crew from Bord Gais had been called out to deal with a suspected gas leak at the next-door property.

Gas experts from the UK were called in to examine the house after the Commission for Energy Regulation brought in an independent team to probe the cause of the explosion.

Three investigations are under way, with Bord Gais, the commission and gardai all probing the cause of the blast at Riverdale Court in Leixlip, Co Kildare, at 12.30am on Saturday.

A father and mother, aged in their 50s, and their daughter, who is in her 20s, were in the house when the blast occurred.

At around 8.25pm on Friday, Bord Gais Networks was called to attend a suspected leak at Riverdale Court. The crew were at the house by 9pm and, following an initial assessment, a larger crew assembled at 10.30pm. Bord Gais said the crew made the leak safe but were still on site when the explosion occurred at the adjoining house.

It will be several days before the cause of the explosion is known but one possibility is that a gas leak occurred in a pipe damaged outside the house.

Gardai said the cause of the blast was not suspicious.

A further three houses were evacuated after the explosion but the area has since been made safe.

Irish Independent