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Wolverhampton gas blast neighbour still not home one year on

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Media captionNeighbour still not home one year after gas blast

A man whose home was badly damaged after an explosion says his family are still waiting to return one year on.

The Uppal family home in Wolverhampton was damaged after a suspected gas explosion destroyed the property next door on 28 December last year.

The blast totally destroyed Wendy Ayoub's home. She was rescued from the site and treated for cuts and a broken ankle.

Neighbour Daljit Uppal said his family hoped to return by February.

Image caption Daljit Uppal said he hoped the family could return home in February

Mr Uppal said the explosion "took the side of my house out".

"We had to have one side demolished and it was rebuilt."

Image caption Mr Uppal said there was still no explanation as to how the explosion happened

"It's frustrating, I would have liked to have been back in the house for Christmas, unfortunately it has taken a lot longer than what we anticipated," added Mr Uppal.

Image caption Debris was thrown into the street after the blast

Following the explosion, emergency services said Mrs Ayoub, who was trapped for about two hours, appeared "to have been saved by her washing machine holding back additional rubble and timbers".

She hopes to move back and plans have been submitted for a new two-storey property at the site.

Image caption Exposed pipes and rubble remain a year on

Mr Uppal said his extension had now been completed and the inside of the home was being furnished.

The cause of the blast remains unknown.

National Grid investigated and found none of its pipes or meters were at fault.

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