First photo of couple pulled from rubble after gas explosion killed toddler


A couple fighting for their lives after their little neighbor was killed in an explosion that tore two houses apart have been pictured for the first time.

Sharon and Darren Greenham were seriously injured in the explosion that killed two-year-old George Hinds.

Parents Vicky Studholme, 42, and Stephen Hinds, 41, also survived the explosion at their Heysham, Lancashire home in the early hours of May 16 which claimed the life of their beloved son .

A child’s toy covered in debris was seen lying amid the rubble of destroyed homes after the two couples were removed from the ruins.

George’s heartbroken father reportedly posted a filmed tribute on Facebook of his son reading an animal book, alongside the caption: “My little boy.”

Lancashire Police have opened a criminal investigation into the case after officers identified the cause of the explosion as a cut gas pipe.



Sharon and Darren Greenham fight for their lives after the explosion that killed their two-year-old neighbor

Firefighters, police and paramedics rushed to Mallowdale Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. after residents were awoken by the sound of an explosion.

Two houses completely collapsed as a result of the explosion, while another was badly damaged.

George’s parents were also injured and rushed to hospital, but have since been discharged and are recovering as they recover from the loss of their boy.



George Hinds, two, died in Heysham explosion
Two-year-old George Hinds died in Heysham police explosion during criminal investigation

Stephen posted a heartfelt tribute to his baby boy on Facebook, according to The sun.

He wrote: “Words cannot describe what last week did for me and Vicki.

“The tears didn’t stop. At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, my little boy was pronounced dead after two hours and 15 minutes of trying to bring him back.

“Nothing I can say or do will bring it back, I really wish I could. Why didn’t that happen to me and made him play here with his mother?

“Every day this week has been a new challenge and to go from seeing my beautiful two year old playing in the garden to a week later planning his funeral in his new 3ft bed is unreal.

“Please don’t take life for granted and take care of your children and yourself. I really think so.

“My little angel George, my son, mom and dad, sleep well, is always with you. I love you so so much x. “



Sharon and Darren Greenham
The Greenhams were seriously injured when the gas explosion reduced their home and that of their neighbors to rubble

Two other people – a 44-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman – were taken to hospital with injuries classified as serious after the explosion.

Detectives, assisted by gas experts, carried out a fingertip search of the scene following the explosion.

They say they have now identified the cause of the explosion as a gas line that had been cut inside the house.

Investigations are underway as to how and why the pipe was cut, investigators said this week.



A children's toy at the scene of a suspected gas explosion in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham
A child’s toy is seen in the rubble of the gas explosion scene at Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham

Chief Detective Inspector Jane Webb, of the Force’s Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts remain with George’s family and loved ones first and foremost at this time, as well as others affected by this incident. .

“An incredible amount of work was done on the scene in a relatively short period of time and in addition to identifying the source of the explosion, we were also able to recover some of George’s items, which I know means a lot for his parents.



Rubble from house explosion in Heysham
The family’s house was reduced to a pile of rubble in the explosion

“Our goal now is to try to establish how and why the pipe inside # 20 was cut and these investigations are complex and time consuming.

“I would like to thank the community for their help so far and I want to continue to appeal to anyone who may have information that could help our investigation come forward and contact us.

“Even if you think the information you have is insignificant or irrelevant, please tell us and we can be the judge.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 citing the 0180 newspaper of May 16 or on the major incidents portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020121W04-PO1

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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