TODAY, September 18, marks the one-year anniversary of the Kincaidston house explosion which left a family of four in hospital.

One home was completely destroyed by the blast which also damaged dozens of other Gorse Park properties in the Kincaidston area of Ayr in October last year.

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Investigations into the cause of the blast immediately began which was confirmed almost a year later as being caused by a corroded gas pipe.

Here is the time-line of events since the day of the explosion:

  • October 18, 2021: Four people are hospitalised following an explosion at a home in Kincaidston, destroying four homes and cordoning off another 35
  • October 19, 2021: Immediately, the local community including pubs, bars restaurants and community groupsbegan to rally to provide support for the affected families. Investigations into the cause of the blast also immediately begin

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  • October 21, 2021: Homes in the blast area are deemed suitable for residents to return
  • October 25, 2021: Fireworks let off in the Kincaidston area are branded "highly insensitive" by a South Ayrshihre councillor
  • November 10, 2021: Scottish Gas confirms the entire Kincaidston gas network is to be ripped up and replaced

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  • May 8, 2022: Health and safety bosses refuse to say if Kincaidston blast report will be published, as investigations into the blast continue
  • August 10, 2022: it is confirmed by investigators that no prosecutions are to be sought over the explosion, a statement said: "Having investigated it fully, the HSE will be taking no further action." 
  • September 20, 2022: Suspicions are confirmed as investigators confirm that the Kincaidston blast was caused by a corroded gas pipe