A tragic incident occurred in Morriston on Monday morning, as an explosion on Clydach Road claimed the life of one man and left three others requiring hospital treatment. South Wales Police confirmed that the incident occurred at around 11.20am, and the investigation into its cause will resume on Tuesday.
Images from the scene showed the aftermath of the explosion, with one house completely destroyed and another severely damaged. Three individuals, including an adult and a child, were taken to Morriston Hospital after neighbours reported seeing a boy pulled from the rubble.
Late on Monday evening, police confirmed that the body of a previously unaccounted-for man had been discovered at the scene. The man, who was well-known in the local community, was described as “very well liked” and “such a friendly person” by Plaid Cymru politician Sioned Williams.
“A lot of people knew him and liked him, and are deeply, deeply concerned for him,” Williams said.
South Wales Police released a statement on the incident, stating that “An investigation will now get underway to establish the cause of the incident. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed. A multi-agency command room is co-ordinating the emergency response to the incident at Swansea Central Police Station. A rest centre has been set up by the local authority at Morriston Memorial Hall to support those affected.”
The statement continued, “A cordon remains in place and people are asked to avoid the area. It is necessary to keep the cordon in place due to the ongoing risk to the public and the amount of debris which is blocking access roads.”
Clydach Road remains closed as the investigation continues and traffic is being diverted. Contractors are working to make the area safe, including concerns over a gas main, before controlled vehicle access can be restored.