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Postie avoids being engulfed by gas blast after stopping van at the right second

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A postman narrowly escaped death when he drove past a house the moment it exploded and killed someone else on the street.

CCTV cameras filmed the unnamed Royal Mail worker passing through a road in Morriston, Swansea, on Monday morning.

He can be seen stopping to give space to a white van and then continuing on his way before a house to the right of him blows up.

Miraculously, the postman survives, is filmed jumping out of his vehicle and then running down the street.

He was taken to Morriston Hospital and treated for shock and injuries but was released a few hours later.

One witness said: ‘That postman was very unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – but at the same time very lucky to be alive.’

The suspected gas blast, which affected two houses and was heard five miles away, tragically killed 68-year-old householder Brian Davies.

Tributes described him as ‘pleasant and chatty’ after moving into the friendly street more than two years ago.

Neighbour Claire Griffiths, 49, and her son Ethan, 14, were treated in hospital for injuries and shock after the tragedy.

Neighbours say at least 20 homes were damaged with the terraced street left looking like ‘a warzone’ – the blast was heard five miles away.

Last night, the number of households unable to return home due to structural damage, roads being blocked by debris and concerns over the safety of the gas main was reduced from over 200 to less than 30.

Detective inspector Carl Price said: ‘Our thoughts remain with Brian’s family and friends, at what is a very difficult time for them, and those who have been injured following the explosion.

‘Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the incident, and these enquiries are being carried out in partnership with relevant agencies including the Health and Safety Executive.

‘The patience and understanding of local residents on Clydach Road, and the wider community in Morriston, is very much appreciated while this work remains ongoing.’

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