Hero gran saved disabled daughter when Ayr explosion destroyed neighbours’ home

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A gran saved his disabled daughter after an explosion exploded at his neighbor’s house when he saw Emmerdale.

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Betty Campbell, 77, held 50-year-old Sandra after an air blast destroyed an adjacent home Monday night.

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Betty's home (right) destroyed in the explosion that destroyed Ferguson's home

Betty’s home (right) destroyed in the explosion that destroyed Ferguson’s homecredit: getty

The couple was escorted by the brave locals to a safe place by the window of their living room.


But the lucky pensioner – known as ‘Granny Betty’ – did not receive medical treatment for the amputated leg until the next day.

She was able to save her purse from devastation but nothing more – and is upset that her mother’s antique cooker might be lost if the houses were demolished.

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Daughter-in-law Allana Renee takes in Betty and Sandra, who has a learning disability, after the explosion.

The 46-year-old said: “They are in shock but apart from a amputated leg, he is fine.

“Sandra didn’t know how to turn for help so Betty grabbed her, grabbed her purse – and then she was saved by the locals outside who pulled her out the window.”

We reported yesterday how the house shared by William and Marion Ferguson and their two children exploded, leaving the Kinkadston plan covered with bricks, glass and roof tiles.

The explosion, a suspected gas explosion, was felt several miles away and left dozens temporarily homeless.

Allana recounts how Grandma Betty lives in Kinkadeston since it was built in the 1970s with Sandra, who needs extra help.

On Monday’s horrors, she said: “They were just watching Emmerdale and suddenly, boom. All the windows got twisted and went out.

“He didn’t know what had happened, but people were shouting at the window to come towards him, so he did and they were kicked out.”

What we know so far about the Ayr eruption:

  • A bomb exploded at a house in Kincaidton, Ayr, at 7:10 p.m. Monday
  • A family of four – two adults and two children – are in ‘critical condition’ in hospital
  • Shocking aerial photos show the extent of the explosion that blew up the house
  • Nearby homes were evacuated, where families could not return for at least 10 days
  • The local community has come together to help those affected by free hotel stays, breakfast and more

The couple was taken to two different houses by the locals before Allana came under police cordon.

He said to a cop, “Just tell me, are they alive or dead?” – But he didn’t know.

She said: “The paramedics and the police were running on one side, and I was running on the other.”

Allana begged friends on Facebook for any clothes for the couple, losing everything they had if the row of houses were knocked down.

Within hours, they were flush with objects to help the couple as they moved in with another relative.

‘People love her’

He said: “I took them on Monday night and they left on Tuesday with four suitcases and a lot of bags.

“Betty asked ‘Why are people doing this?’ But the Ayr people love her and don’t want her to go without. A woman went to Tesco for clothes and spent £150 on it.

Despite the shock, Betty’s only concern has been for the decades-old antique cooker.

Allana said: “She’s worried she’ll lose her mother’s cooker she still uses, the one with a top grill. The house is still there but it’s at an angle. We hope it has to go.”

Earlier today, a metal cord was placed around the immediate blast area and gas engineers, fire experts and police were still present.

South Ayrshire Council leader Peter Henderson acknowledged it would be a “long race” for the area to return to normalcy.

He said: “The explosion has left many families in a dire situation, and my condolences are with all those affected by this tragedy.

‘sense of community’

“I am humbled to see the overwhelming community spirit, drawing people together and working with our services in this time of crisis.

“We are working with emergency services and partner agencies to ensure that no one is out of their home for more than a minute.

“I want to express my gratitude to everyone who supports the Kincaidston community. We know we are in this for the long haul, and we will come through this together.”

The Ferguson family – William, 47, Marion, 43, and sons 16 and 11 – are still in critical condition in Glasgow hospitals.

Council deputy leader Brian McGinley said it was difficult to know how many people were displaced by the blast.

He revealed that some were back in their homes, some were staying with family and friends and others were in hotels.

He said the operation was still in the emergency phase, adding: “We need to understand that this is a very big event, this is a very demanding and technical situation.

“The important thing is that we protect the scene and make sure the technical people and housing engineers are allowed to do their jobs.

local displaced

“Obviously we’re working as fast and hard as we can to make sure everyone’s safe, that everyone’s needs are met.

“But it’s going to take a long time for this community to recover.”

Mr McGinley said: “Volunteers are providing comfort and food, and emergency services have clothing, drinks and food items available.

“Some people are a little bit traumatized by it so they can come down, have a cup of tea and talk to people about it.”

The council also said it was overwhelmed by donations from the public and offers of help from local businesses.

A center has been set up at the Kinkadeston Community Pavilion for residents and emergency service personnel affected by the incident.

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Expert teams on site today

Expert teams on site todaycredit: Alan McGregor Ewing
William and Marion Ferguson - and their two sons - remain in hospital in Glasgow

William and Marion Ferguson – and their two sons – remain in hospital in Glasgow

Ayr. Shocking footage of explosion in scary house captured in CCTV

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