Bingo Player Spared From Home Gas Explosion

Bingo Player Spared From Home Gas Explosion

Written by: ava carson on 01/08/2012 12:30

For Maureen Robertson, 63, being at the right place at the right time have never ringed truer. While she was off playing bingo at the local bingo hall something was going terribly wrong at home.

A dangerous gas explosion at her Newcastle bungalow left her home in a pile of rubble leaving her husband Don who was home at the time buried by the falling bricks. Miraculously he survived the explosion as Maureen is still quite shook over the devastating ordeal commenting:

“I don’t know how he is alive. I just keep thinking about all the rubbish on him. I don’t know how he is still in one piece.

“A single brick can kill you, so I don’t know how he survived with all that falling on him.”

Emotional Maureen describes the aftershock: “The first day I just cried all day. As time goes on I might feel better. I don’t know if Don’s come to terms with it all yet.

“I just keep telling myself, ‘We can start again’. It’s a home.

“I’m not bothered about memorabilia, as long as he’s OK.” She added: “Don will be in hospital until he gets his strength back. He can only walk three or four steps and he’s so tired.

“He said he was in the kitchen when everything just went up in the air.

“He’s got singed hair and a singed moustache, but I keep saying ‘You’re still handsome’.”
Their home will have to be rebuilt from the ground up and the city council is giving the couple 28 days to make it safe to live in.

“When the house is flattened, I don’t know how I will feel,” said Maureen, who ironcially worked for British Gas for 20 years.

“I just can’t believe the rubbish. I’ve seen my microwave and a kitchen cupboard in the garden.
“And my budgie died, which is very sad.”

At the moment Maureen is living temporarily with close friend until the house is once again livable adding: “As soon as it happened, I didn’t know what to do. It was desperation. I’m still so lost, I don’t know who to phone or how to sort things out, but my friends have helped me so much and I don’t know how I will ever repay them.

“Don will also want to thank the two men who rescued him when he is out of hospital.”

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