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Tenth person dies following Pier Road Tragedy

Tenth person dies following Pier Road Tragedy

Monday 26 December 2022

Tenth person dies following Pier Road Tragedy

Monday 26 December 2022

A tenth person is now confirmed to have died as a result of the recent major explosion on Pier Road, St Helier in Jersey.

This morning, Jersey Police said that 73-year-old Kathleen (Kathy) McGinness died in hospital on Christmas Day.

She lived in one of the Haut du Mont blocks next to the one which collapsed on the 10 December, and had been treated in hospital ever since the explosion, which Jersey Police say is "likely" to have been caused by a gas leak. 

The Chief of Police, Robin Smith said this morning that he was, " the incredibly sad position of confirming another fatality linked to Haut du Mont.

"Her family are being supported by specially trained Police Family Liaison Officers and my thoughts, and the thoughts of all of us at States of Jersey Police, are with them.

 "This incident has been incredibly challenging for everyone involved and I would like to praise the families for their stoicism in the face of such tragic circumstances. The Island is rightly behind them and on-hand to support, but first and foremost we are there together to give them their privacy and time to grieve."


Pictured: An inquest will open later this week into the deaths of the nine people originally confirmed to have died in the explosion in Jersey. 

Last week, Police confirmed that post-mortem examinations for the nine people who died in the actual explosion have now been completed.

An inquest is now due to be opened later this week.

The people now confirmed to have died are Kathy McGinness (73), 72-year-old Peter Bowler, 71-year-old Raymond (Raymie) Brown, Romeu and Louise De Almeida (67 and 64 years), Derek and Sylvia Ellis (61 and 73 years), Ken (72) and Jane Ralph (71) and Billy Marsden (63).


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