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Dad-of-two killed in horror explosion ‘accidentally cut into gas pipe with saw’

A 91-year-old man who died in a gas explosion accidentally sawed into a gas pipe with a power saw.

An inquest has revealed how Frank Burton was sawing a worktop in his kitchen when his saw "penetrated a gas pipe underneath," as reported by Manchester Evening News.

He was found dead on March 31, 2022 in Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

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The retired car mechanic's death sparked a massive emergency response, with police, fire engines and gas workers remaining on his property for several days.

Senior coroner Nigel Meadows said the sawing into the pip "led to an escape of gas which ignited and caused an explosion and a fire killing the deceased in the kitchen".

Burton died of extensive burns and smoke inhalation.

At the time, several neighbours were evacuated from their homes with eyewitnesses reporting a "huge" bang which seemed "like an earthquake".

Mr Burton's brother, Philip, said: "Frank was in the motor industry, he used to do body work and was highly skilled and respected. He was a dad-of-two."

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"He was deaf because he got blown out of bed during the war during The Blitz in Manchester."

Mr Burton's son, Paul said: "My dad was a young eight-year-old boy when the Second World War broke out and survived being bombed out twice."

"Saying that my dad was very artistic was an understatement. He was able to repair almost anything that people gave him – especially broken jewellery.

Despite the tragic end to Frank's life, his son chooses to remember the good times, of which there were many.

"When I was little, I would hear him in his workshop, with the door firmly closed – once, out came a handmade life-sized Dalek.

"I don't have any regrets at all, as I can't say 'I wished I had done this or that', I did everything I possibly could for both my parents and have very very happy memories of a grand upbringing. Goodnight Dad. Love from your son, Paul."


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