A couple and their two sons cheated death in an explosion that destroyed their family home.
William Ferguson, 47, wife Marion, 43, and their children aged 11 and 16 were rescued from rubble at 3 Gorse Park. kincadston, iro.
The condition of all four remains critical in the hospital.
A neighbor said of Monday’s suspected gas horrors: “It’s a miracle they survived.”
Marion and her eldest son are being treated at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary while William was at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
His youngest child was in the adjoining Royal Hospital for Children.
A local hero recounts how he helped save a child from the wreckage of a horror house blast – then worked his nightshift at McDonald’s.
Chris McNicol, 40, dashed to rescue a young boy trapped in the midst of the devastation, while Mercy staff warned the site could blow up again.
And the fast food employee described how he was driven by adrenaline as he joined other residents struggling to free up casualties.
The quick-thinking Chris — who later grafted into McDonald’s from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. — revealed that he trampled mountains of rubble to get to the stricken family.
Recalling the time when he arrived at the site of the massacre, he said: “There were already some people talking to someone – but I was pulling out the rubble with only one hand.
“The man was being asked, ‘Is there anyone else in the house?’ And we all got to calm down.
“We could hear the voice of an adult woman a few meters away. I then went to a child whose leg was stuck under the rubble.
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“What a boy – he wasn’t really crying, he was just scared. The house was deserted all around him and he was just sitting there.
“We knew there was a fourth person under the rubble. We managed to get the child out because the fire service told us that if there was another explosion we would get out and they didn’t want anyone else to get injured. “
Chris revealed that he returned to the blast site this morning after his stint at work ended.
Property next to Ferguson’s terraced house was also extensively damaged in the blast, leaving roof tiles 200 meters away and debris scattered across the street. Cars and other homes have been damaged.
Stunned locals described how they feared a plane had crashed or a gun fired when they heard the deafening explosion, which local councilor Chris Cullen claimed was caused by gas.
Shocking doorbell footage from near the blast area captured the explosion, followed by a rain of debris falling from the sky.
John Stevenson, 45, who lives a few homes away, said: “I was just watching TV and there was an explosion. The window turned.
“I thought my house was coming down so I ran. Stuff was flying from the sky. “
Another 20-year-old neighbor described how she scrambled over debris filled with children’s toys, homework sheets and clothes to escape after the blast.
The sports doctor, who did not wish to be named, compared the scene to “a battlefield” as dozens of frightened residents “run for their lives”.
He said: “There were children’s toys and their clothes and belongings outside the front doors of those houses.
“There were homework sheets, adding up the letters, you couldn’t remember it. I had to get on that.
“Hangers with clothes, curtains in the trees. It was just awful. ”
Describing the impact of the explosion, he said: “There was a huge bang and the place shook. All the glass near me was shattered and I ran away.
“About 30 people were running. They were running in panic. These were scenes from the old days of war.
“There were mothers who were carrying babies without wearing anything or running for their lives. Car alarms were ringing and things were flashing and there were huge stones everywhere.
Jill Hannah, 43, was on her way to visit her mother nearby when disaster struck. She said: “I was looking at Emmerdale and the next minute the house shook.
“We thought it was a car accident or whether we considered it a gun or something because we had never heard anything like this before.
“You can look down from my mom’s back bedroom window and there was a house and a half of smoke coming out. It was like something you see in a movie. ”
A man shared online CCTV footage of the explosion, which was heard eight miles away.
Scottish Gas Network confirmed that it is ensuring that the area around the site is made safe.
South Ayrshire Area Commander Chief Inspector Derrick Johnston said a multi-agency investigation was underway to determine the cause of the blast.
He added: “Our condolences are with the family and all those affected in the community.”
He said the gas “was a line of inquiry”.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service area commander Ian McMeakin described the incident as “extremely challenging”.
He added: “There has been considerable damage to the property and the surrounding area.”
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