Marion Ferguson, 43, and William Ferguson, 47, are being treated in hospital along with their two sons following the explosion in Kincaidston, Ayr, on Monday night
This is the first picture of a mum and dad seriously injured in a house blast in Scotland.
Marion Ferguson, 43, and William Ferguson, 47, are being treated in hospital along with their two sons following the explosion in Kincaidston, Ayr, on Monday.
Mr Ferguson is with his 16-year-old boy in Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, while Mrs Ferguson is in the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Their 11-year-old son is being treated at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Daily Record reports.
Hero neighbours are understood to have pulled the stricken family from the rubble.
The blast in Gorse Park in Ayr’s Kincaidston area destroyed their home and caused significant damage to neighbouring properties.
The explosion could be heard from eight miles away.
A joint investigation by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) remains underway.
Devastated friend Michelle Buchanan posted on Facebook, calling for people to be mindful of those affected by the incident – particularly when posting on social media.
She wrote: “My friends are in hospital in critical condition, please be kind when sharing photos and comments related to Kincaidston.
“The house was their home and families and friends are worried sick. Get facts straight before rumours are spread. Love and best wishes to all affected.”
She also changed her Facebook profile image to a touching picture of praying hands with the words “Pray For Kincaidston”.
The family’s home was completely blown away while three neighbouring properties were also extensively damaged by the force of the blast.
Many residents said the force of the explosion was like “a bomb going off”.
Nurses and local residents raced to the scene to help the stricken family before emergency services arrived on scene.
The fire service and police remain in the street on Tuesday night with a large cordon put in place.
Shocking aerial images taken on Tuesday morning show the full extent of the damage caused by the explosion.
Chief Inspector Derrick Johnston, area commander for South Ayrshire, said: “This is a complex incident and a number of different agencies are working together to establish the full circumstances of what happened.
“Our thoughts are with the family and everyone within the local community affected by this.
“A joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is being carried out.”
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SFRS Area Commander Ian McMeekin, for East, North and South Ayrshire, added: “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this incident.
“This has been an extremely complex and challenging incident which significantly damaged multiple properties in the area and resulted in the evacuation of other nearby homes.
“We will remain in attendance for some time as we work with our partners to ensure the area is safe.
“A joint investigation alongside Police Scotland will be carried out in due course to establish the full facts and circumstances.”