Family of father, 57, who was killed in house explosion believe it was caused by deliberate fire

Family of “caring and funny” father, 57, who was killed in a house explosion, believe it was caused by a fire that was started deliberately after a can was found melted gasoline behind the front door

  • Carl Whalley, 57, died in a house explosion in Clayton-le-Woods on October 15
  • Brother Dan Whalley claims ‘melted plastic gas can’ was found near his home
  • The investigation into the cause of the explosion could take months to complete

















The family of a “caring and funny” man who was killed in a house explosion believe it could be the result of arson.

Carl Whalley’s brother, 57, who died when his house collapsed in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley on October 15, claims “melted plastic gasoline can ‘was found near the property.

Dan Whalley also claimed investigators found accelerator on the curtains in a downstairs room.

Dan claimed the findings had only recently come to light, although they have yet to be confirmed by official sources.

Mail Online has contacted Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue for comment.

Both forces are involved in the complex investigation, which could take months to conclude.

Carl Whalley's brother, 57, who died when his house collapsed in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley on October 15, says 'melted plastic gas can' was found near the property (Photo: Tragic Carl Whalley)

Carl Whalley’s brother, 57, who died when his house collapsed in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley on October 15, says ‘melted plastic gas can’ was found near the property (Photo: Tragic Carl Whalley)

Carl's heartbroken family say they are still awaiting more responses from a joint police and fire department investigation into the blast (Photo: Carl's house after the blast)

Carl’s heartbroken family say they are still awaiting more responses from a joint police and fire department investigation into the blast (Photo: Carl’s house after the blast)

Carl would have been upstairs when the explosion happened, Dan added.

He told the Lancashire Post: “An accelerator, like gasoline, was found on the curtains and in the downstairs room.

“A melted plastic gas can was found behind the front door.”

Carl’s body was found in the wreckage of the skylight bungalow after an explosion and a fireball razed the house last month.

Police are reportedly investigating allegations made by Carl about a long-standing dispute with a neighbor, which has allegedly lasted for several years, the Lancashire Post reported.

Carl’s heartbroken family say they are still awaiting more responses from a joint police and firefighter investigation into the blast.

It comes after they attended a “beautiful” funeral service for Carl and laid flowers at the site of the explosion.

Dan said, “It was the worst day of my life.

Tony Crook, regional director of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), said the property collapsed around the time firefighters arrived at the scene.  Residents have been evacuated

Tony Crook, regional director of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), said the property collapsed around the time firefighters arrived at the scene. Residents have been evacuated

Police Community Support Officer visits scene of October 15 explosion

Police Community Support Officer visits scene of October 15 explosion

“But the ceremony was beautiful and he was surrounded by friends and family on a sunny day.

“After the ceremony, we placed flowers on Kirkby Avenue. “

After Carl’s death, his daughter Charlotte said, “Everything I do in my life, I do to make my mom and dad proud.

“I want to continue in my father’s footsteps and make sure his legacy lives on forever.

“He taught me everything I know, and my life will never be the same without him.”

Witnesses said the explosion was like an “exploding bomb”.

Six fire trucks rushed to the scene as nearby roads were closed and homes evacuated.

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