Enquiries continue after Hawick gas death

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Enquiries into the death of a Hawick woman, 79, in the Burnfoot estate yesterday due to an apparent gas leak are continuing today.

Police attended an address in Fairhurst Drive where the incident took place.

Cause of death for the woman has yet to be established but it is believed that the leak originated from the woman’s cooker.

A spokesman for the Scottish Gas Networks, who sent emergency engineers to contain the leak, said: “Engineers from Scotland Gas Networks were called by the Fire Service to isolate the gas supply at a property in Fairhurst Drive in Hawick yesterday. We arrived on site at 1.39pm. A deceased lady had been found within the property and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

“Our engineers carried out safety checks and local residents were able to return home. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will now be carrying out an investigation, and we will be assisting with our expertise, although it has already been ascertained that our gas network was not involved.”