Gardaí complete examination of Creeslough explosion site

Ten people died in the explosion in Creeslough in October.
Ten people died in the explosion in Creeslough in October.

A FORENSIC examination of the scene of last month’s fatal explosion in Creeslough, which claimed the lives of 10 people has been completed, Gardaí have confirmed.

Gardaí yesterday re-opened the main road through the Co Donegal village which had been closed since the tragedy unfolded at the Applegreen fuel, shopping and apartment complex on October 7.

Seven adults, two teenagers and a little girl died in the explosion, which caused the complex to collapse.

Initial examinations appear to show the explosion was caused by gas, however, a full investigation has been ongoing since the explosion.

In an update issued at the end of October, Gardaí said they were following more than 500 lines of inquiry and officers had also taken more than 260 statements at that stage.

Gardaí are leading the investigation which also includes the organisation’s National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the traffic bureau and other specialist groups.

In a further update issued yesterday, a garda spokesman said the forensic examination of the scene has been concluded.

"The overall investigation into the cause of this occurrence is ongoing," he said.

"With effect from 12.30pm on Thursday 17th November 2022, the road traffic diversions previously in place around the scene will be removed.

“An Garda Síochána would like to thank the community for their assistance and cooperation during the period of scene examination.

"Our thoughts continue to be with the families of the deceased and all those injured and affected by this occurrence."