Final two victims killed in Jersey explosion named as couple who went missing

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    The final two of nine people feared killed in the Jersey flats blast have been named as authorities gear up to hold an investigation into the disaster.

    Ken, 72, and Jane Ralph, 71, have been missing since the blast at a residential block in the island's capital St Helier in the early hours of Saturday.

    Jersey's fire chief Paul Brown will commission experts to probe the tragedy after reports of a gas smell before the blast and fire, saying: "The investigation, which we will contribute to fully, will be complex and long.”

    READ MORE: Seven people feared dead after Jersey explosion named by cops as four still missing

    Mr Brown added that Island Energy, which supplies gas and electricity to homes on Jersey, had signalled the result of the explosion "indicates gas".

    Reports had previously referred to an "almighty bang" at the block of flats, with the scene of the devastation being treated as a crime scene.

    Seven people reported as feared dead after the explosion were previously named by their distraught families.

    They are Peter Bowler, 72, Raymond Brown, 71, Romeu de Almeida, 67, Louise de Almeida, 64, Derek Ellis, 61, Sylvia Ellis, 73, and Billy Marsden, 63. A further two people are being treated in hospital, but are not believed to be seriously injured.

    A total of 41 people living near the Haut du Mont blast site have been rehomed in flats run by a housing company.

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    The Government of Jersey said flags would be flown at half-mast until sunset on December 23.

    Inquests into the deaths will be conducted once victims are identified, with authorities saying that their recovery may take weeks to complete.


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