Creeslough petrol station in Donegal is dismantled to ‘make it safe’ after the explosion

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Images show that part of the remaining structures at the Applegreen site, where 10 people lost their lives on October 7, are being dismantled

Pictures show that some of the remaining structures at the Applegreen site, where 10 people lost their lives on October 7, are being dismantled.

A specialist team of investigative experts oversees the operation, while the gardai coordinate efforts with the expertise of post-explosion investigators from the Garda National Technical Office.

Other experts from the Utilities Regulatory Commission and the Health and Safety Authority are also helping to ensure the site is safe.

Meanwhile, Donegal County Council has appointed a Community Support Officer in Creeslough, to help anyone affected by the tragedy.

They will be available at Unit 12 at Camping Wild Atlantic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The Irish Red Cross will hold a public meeting in Creeslough this evening to inform the community of their plans to distribute funds raised through a national appeal.

The meeting is taking place at the Creeslough Community Center in Massinass at 7 p.m. tonight.

Funds from the €1.3million jointly raised by the Irish Red Cross, Applegreen and An Post for those affected have started to be distributed.

Around €35,000 has been distributed so far.

The 10 people who lost their lives in the incident were Leona Harper, 14; Martin McGill, 49; Martine Martin, 49; Catherine O’Donnell, 39; and her 13-year-old son James; Jessica Gallagher, 24; Hughie Kelly, 59; Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe; and James O’Flaherty, 48.

Eight other people were seriously injured, one of them in critical condition.

‘The scene of the explosion is currently undergoing the process of securing and experts from a number of agencies are ready to assist with the Garda investigation into the cause of the explosion at Creeslough’ , Gardai said.

“The scene investigation is being coordinated by crime scene officers from the Garda National Technical Board (GNTB), who are highly experienced experts in post-explosion investigations.

“Experts from the Utilities Regulatory Commission (CRU) and Health and Safety Authority (HSA) also provide valuable on-site expert help and advice, while independent breakdown/explosion specialists oil and gas facilities were also brought in to help.”

Gardai added: “An Garda Síochána maintains the primacy of the scene with a crime scene manager from the Garda National Technical Office overseeing all forensic and expert activities on site.”

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