A family of four remain in a serious condition in hospital tonight after an explosion destroyed their home in Ayr.

Locally named Marion Ferguson, 43, and the couple's 16-year-old boy are currently being treated at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary.

Husband William Ferguson, 47, is at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital while their 11-year-old son is receiving care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Hero neighbours are understood to have pulled the stricken family from the rubble.

The blast in Gorse Park in Ayr’s Kincaidston area destroyed their home and caused significant damage to neighbouring properties.

William Ferguson
William Ferguson

The explosion could be heard from eight miles away.

A joint investigation by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) remains underway.

Devastated friend Michelle Buchanan posted on Facebook, calling for people to be mindful of those affected by the incident - particularly when posting on social media.

“The house was their home and families and friends are worried sick. Get facts straight before rumours are spread. Love and best wishes to all affected.”

She also changed her Facebook profile image to a touching picture of praying hands with the words “Pray For Kincaidston”.

The family’s home was completely blown away while three neighbouring properties were also extensively damaged by the force of the blast.

Many residents said the force of the explosion was like “a bomb going off”.

An investigation to determine the cause of the blast remains ongoing
An investigation to determine the cause of the blast remains ongoing

We previously told how nurses and local residents raced to the scene to help the stricken family before emergency services arrived on scene.

The fire service and police remain in the street on Tuesday night with a large cordon put in place.

Shocking aerial images taken on Tuesday morning show the full extent of the damage caused by the explosion.

Chief Inspector Derrick Johnston, area commander for South Ayrshire, said: “This is a complex incident and a number of different agencies are working together to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

Aftermath of the gas explosion at Gorse Park in Kincaidston, Ayr
Aftermath of the gas explosion at Gorse Park in Kincaidston, Ayr

“Our thoughts are with the family and everyone within the local community affected by this.

“A joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is being carried out."

SFRS Area Commander Ian McMeekin, for East, North and South Ayrshire, added: “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this incident.

"This has been an extremely complex and challenging incident which significantly damaged multiple properties in the area and resulted in the evacuation of other nearby homes.

“We will remain in attendance for some time as we work with our partners to ensure the area is safe.

"A joint investigation alongside Police Scotland will be carried out in due course to establish the full facts and circumstances."

A candlelit vigil was also being organised for 7pm on Tuesday on the 24 hour anniversary of the explosion taking place.

Members of the public were asked to come together and show solidarity for all the victims, their friends and family, as well as the wider community who have been affected by the devastating blast.

Dozens of pictures of the candles were shared on Facebook with members of the public extending their heartfelt support to the victims.

Margarette Clark wrote: “Mine is lit. Praying that the family recover and are reunited. Heartbreaking for all involved last night but so heartwarming to see a large community pulling together to help.”

A fundraiser has also been set up for families affected by the explosion.

The JustGiving page has been created to help the residents recover from the incident by an unnamed local business owner.

The person behind the page said: “Following the explosion residents have been displaced, properties have been damaged and families need urgent practical and emotional support.

“One of our team members lives in the estate with her family and their, and many other families’, homes have been substantially damaged by the blast.

“Practical and emotional support will be paramount at this point for everyone affected.”

The crowdfunder has reached almost half of its £5,000 target within 24 hours of being established.

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