Ayr mother, 43, and son, 16, fighting for their lives after massive gas blast levelled their home


Mother, 43, and son, 16, are still fighting for their lives while father, 47 and other son, 11, are stable in hospital after massive gas blast levelled their home

  • Marion Ferguson, 43, and her son, 16, are still in critical condition after the blast
  • All four members of the Ferguson family remain in hospital after the explosion
  • Authorities are trying to figure out the cause of the blast, saying it is ‘complex’
  • The blast on October 18 could be heard from miles away, say social media users 


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A mum and her teenage son are fighting for their lives in hospital following an explosion at their home.

The Ferguson family were injured when a blast hit their home in Gorse Park, Ayr, Ayrshire on October 18 at 7.10pm, causing severe damage to several neighbouring houses.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, South Ayrshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and SGN are currently ‘keeping an open mind’ as to what has happened.

Shocking drone pictures showed the aftermath of the explosion which damaged four houses and sent four people to hospital

Social media users said they heard the explosion from miles away, while pictures shared online showed at least one house badly damaged with debris lying in the street

The explosion was reported in the Kincaidston area of Ayr, Scotland at 7.10pm on Monday and was heard for miles around

All four members of Ferguson family remain in hospital after the explosion at a South Ayrshire housing estate

Aerial view of the devastation cause by an explosion last night on Kincaidston Drive Ayr, Scotland, which forced locals to evacuate

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the blast. Scottish Gas Networks said it was ensuring the site around the ‘serious explosion’ was made safe

Marion Ferguson, 43, is in a critical condition at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary alongside her 16-year-old son.

Her husband William Ferguson is in a stable condition in Queen Elizabeth University hospital and their 11-year-old son is also in a stable condition in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Chief Inspector Derrick Johnston, area commander for South Ayrshire, said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with those injured in the explosion, their families and people in the community who have been displaced from their homes.

‘I would like to thank everyone for their patience.

‘All partner agencies are working together to find out the cause but this is a complex incident and finding answers will take time.

‘I can assure the public that we are working hard to establish the full circumstances.’

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