County Limerick pensioner survives gas explosion at her home

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

AN elderly woman walked out of her house unscathed after a gas explosion destroyed her home in Patrickswell at the weekend.

AN elderly woman walked out of her house unscathed after a gas explosion destroyed her home in Patrickswell at the weekend.

Eighty-seven year-old, Bridget Baggot, who is known locally as Dorsey, was standing in the kitchen of her home when a gas cylinder blew up at 9.30 on Saturday morning.

Walls collapsed, windows smashed and an aluminium porch was dislodged from the front door, from the sheer force of the blast.

James Kearns, from Limerick City Fire Service, said the explosion caused extensive damage to the small house located at Cloonaduff, a townland between Patrickswell and Adare. “The fire extinguished itself but it did a lot of damage to the house, so we’ve just made the house safe and cordoned it off, and isolated the supplies coming into it.”

It is understood that an LPG gas cylinder caused the explosion.

Neighbour, Tony Cregan, expressed his relief and disbelief that Mrs Baggot survived the blast. He was having breakfast at his home 20 yards down the road when the incident happened. “Next thing there is a massive explosion. I almost had to gasp for air. I’d never heard anything like it,” he told the Limerick Leader.