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Couple Lucky To Be Alive After Puppy Causes Home Explosion

Wednesday January 15 2014

A COUPLE feel lucky to be alive after their pet dog inadvertently caused a huge explosion in their home.

Goldthorpe residents Matthew Heckler, 22, and Kerry Leach, 20, had left the rented house on Frederick Street just minutes before the front window was blown out onto the street.

Matthew's greyhound puppy, Zeus, is believed to have caused the explosion after biting into an aerosol can that reacted when the heating came on to cause the blast.

Matthew said: "We had only been out in the car ten minutes.

"We were going to Penistone and we were at Cortonwood when my phone started ringing with people saying my house was on fire.

"When I got back there wasn't much of a fire but the front window had gone.

"The dog had been rummaging around under the sofa and must have bit a can of deodorant that I got for Christmas and that's how it started.

"It's just what pups do and we aren't blaming him."

Matthew planned to sell the dog anyway but joked that he rushed through the sale following the explosion.

He added: "It's just another incentive to sell him with the trouble he's caused!

"It was nobody's fault really. It was just an accident that we thankfully managed to avoid."

Kerry said she felt a sense of relief when they got back home to find their three cats and three dogs all relatively unharmed.

She added: "We were selling the dog because he's a pup that needs a lot of attention and Matthew's looking to get full-time work.

"It was a real panic because everybody was telling us that our house was on fire. Only one person told us the window had actually gone.

"When we got back the dogs were fine. Two were with a neighbour and some lads had hold of another.

"I've booked a couple of days off work to sort it all out. Hopefully we'll have a new front window soon."

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Reply Posted by kellly on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 16:54
What a stupid reason to sell a pup "needs a lot of attention " All animals need a lot of attention why do people get animals when they cant look after them properly ?

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday January 16 2014 at 08:45

Reply Posted by Doglover on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 17:21
I agree with you Kelly, it's disgusting how easily people can give dogs a home then take it away! Maybe the dog would be better off anyway!!

Reply Posted by Dom on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 17:26
What would he do if is child caused it put it in care what a numpty

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 17:40
Dom since when have dogs and children been the same? the point you made was actually pointless but each to their own. If this was the actually the case i am sure social service's would have be involved. before anybody says anything i have a dog which is part of the famiyl but if it was me or him then it would be him im afraid im not letting an animal dictate to me what i can and cant do within my own life we are at the top of the food chain and thats how it works

Reply Posted by Millie on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 18:31
Well Craig you are a plonker and totally agree with dom. My dogs are my babies and wouldn't get rid of them, I would spend the appropriate time training them, nurturing their behaviour with positive training methods.
Just like my children my dogs are not for sale or rehoming.
It's the owners that want reprimanding not the dog.
It's nothing to do with the food chain, it's about being responsible.
It's about time they brought in compulsory licences so numpties like u and them have financial consequences for you irresponsibility. It's the only way you and they will ever learn, and prevent people like yourselves getting dogs you just can't care for.

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday January 16 2014 at 12:56
millie if you actually read my comment i said that my dog is part of the family. i ahve taken time to train and love him. but im not as deluded as you, end of the day im not putting my life on hold for a dog if i had the oppertunity to say lets say move to australia for example and i couldnt take my dog im not going to stop in england just for the sake of an animal. i dont know how you can call me a plonker, are you meat eater? do you spare a thought for the cow or pig you eat..? no i didnt think so.. you are a hipocrite and hvae false morals.

Reply Posted by kerry on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 21:29
Look it wasnt an incentive to sell him hes a pup and didnt have time for him with me starting work and my partner wants work so whats your opinions got to do with it...

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 21:40
Well to be honest I do think it better you get rid of the puppy and give the puppy to a family who have time for him/her. Then no more accidents will happen.

Reply Posted by Kezza on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 22:17
Sum thing not right with this story , there's not enough has in a deodorant to ignite with boiler , insurance job or wanting new house

Reply Posted by Goldthorpe Lass on Thursday January 16 2014 at 08:53
Also annoying that neither of the lay abouts worked but can afford pedigree dogs, expensive deodorants, to run a car and shop at expensive out of town retail parks! I should think you are looking for work too!!!!!Had enough freebies.

Reply Posted by mad on Thursday January 16 2014 at 09:24
Can you read goldthorpe lass, she said shes had to book a few days off work to sort it out n hes looking for work!!! So wunt say there both layabouts!!! Read before commenting idiot!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Thursday January 16 2014 at 10:59
Er Goldthorpe Lass - read the article properly before you comment. The lady is working as she stated I've booked a couple of days off work to sort it all out.

The man received the deodorant at Christmas. It could have been one of those gift packs which cost around £3 and contain a shower gel as well. Does it say in the article how much it was?

You need to get a life

Reply Posted by Sue on Thursday January 16 2014 at 12:50
Dont you think it,s not the dogs fault it,s the owners for leaving the cans where the dog could get them ..
Thats like blaming a child if it took some tablets that were laying around
Yer i agree get rid of the dog till you know how to look after a puppy

Reply Posted by arrest the bankers on Thursday January 16 2014 at 13:51
non story

Reply Posted by Goldthorpe lass on Thursday January 16 2014 at 14:50
Kilkenny, why have YOU booked a few days off work to sort THEIR house out? Keep your nose out!

Reply Posted by Goldthorpe Lass on Thursday January 16 2014 at 14:52
Feel bad now...just read it again. Sorry Matthew sweetheart didn't mean to offend!

Reply Posted by Inspector Clouseau on Thursday January 16 2014 at 18:30
So good ole Matthew hasn't got a job! Not only that, he lets his missus goes out to work all day while he sits on his arse playing video games. The dog deserves to go to a better home.

I smell a rat! Im on to you.......

Reply Posted by Mmmmmm on Thursday January 16 2014 at 18:47
I can't believe that would happen. Funny how they only were gone 10mins when the explosion happend. And why was the heating coming on when they were out? Thats a bit extravagant considering they only have one wage coming in.

Has there been an investigation by the fire department?

Reply Posted by Guilty as Sin on Thursday January 16 2014 at 18:58
Insurence job what a load of bollocks. If you even seen a aresol can explode you would not risk that way.

Whats wrong with Goldthrorpe it's got a great Butchers on Industrial Estate. And the Auction is a must.

Reply Posted by pink on Thursday January 16 2014 at 23:25
Goldthorpe lass - you are just vile

Reply Posted by thurnscoe lass on Sunday January 19 2014 at 22:36
Maybe I'm miss understanding too but the aerosol can was under the settee right ? Was the boiler also under the settee too? I'm sure an aerosol can bein bitten and the heating just comin on wouldn't have blown straight through the window :-/ also why would an aerosol can be placed under a settee in the first place with animals running free!!

Reply Posted by thurnscoe lass on Sunday January 19 2014 at 22:39
Ps looking at the size of that dog on the picture it looks a bit big to be able to get under a settee . Maybe the cat helped it get the can :-/

Reply Posted by kirsty on Sunday January 19 2014 at 22:43
Poor dog. Dogs are for life and some dogs tend to suffer with epilepsy. Young dogs require lots of time, attention and love. My dogs are my life. Why get a dog if you plan on wanting to work full time. To me it seems like he's trying to make money buying a dog and selling it on.

Reply Posted by barnsleys lass on Sunday January 19 2014 at 22:43
U sold the dog coz u work n he wants work duz tht mean u will be selling other dogs n cats u av then or leaving them in if he gets a job n u agree with u thurnscoe lass tht dog looks way 2 big to get under a sette sumert dunt had up ere hope fire service investigating this

Reply Posted by Ars hole on Sunday January 19 2014 at 23:18
Yes a good reason to rush the sale so you say but yet you sold him to a home with to toddlers and didn't mention the incident once they found out them selves and you were asked before you say and you came out with bullshit utter ridiculous inconsiderate twats shouldn't leave things lyin about or get a pup if you can't be arsed idiots

Reply Posted by Ars hole on Sunday January 19 2014 at 23:24
That's because that isn't the actual dog it's the same breed but the dog was a pup and black he just doesn't have him because he's shipped him off but yet keeping all the other animals sad pathetic excuses

Reply Posted by Debbie on Monday January 20 2014 at 00:00
Surely he knew he was looking for work before getting the pup & should have left it where it was for someone who has more time for it, do the other dogs not need anyone to look after them then or is it just puppy's that need attention! End BSI.

Reply Posted by thurnscoe lass on Monday January 20 2014 at 00:36
It's says they had 3 dogs n 2 cats but how did he know witch dog bit it and how does he know it was an aerosol can also wouldn't the animals have some kind of injury it's weird it just don't sound right at all I think he set somethin up him self to blow the window through to either get insurance or another place to live or even get ppl to feel sorry for them somethin like that obviously Im no expert but that don't sound right to me also I suggest the rspca should take all there animals if he can't look after one he shouldn't have any

Reply Posted by Golie on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 17:48
Please read the article and get all facts correct before posting comments. How would you feel if you returned home to find the front of your home wrecked?.
I know Matthew and Kerry and they decent people not on benefits. Kerry works long hours and loves her cats dearly. She takes great care of them. Matthew is looking for a job. Matthew has two dogs which he takes great care of. The pup he re-homed because it was been neglected and he kept it until he found a new home for it. The fire service did do an investigation and concluded that the aerosol tin was pierced by the pup and the contents ignited by the pilot light from the back boiler. The heating was not on. A professor from Imperial College London agreed that the butane contained in the deodorant was highly inflammable and caused the explosion. The landlord has replaced the window Etc. This was a very usual accident. It was a great relief to know no one or animals were hurt. It was a great shock to Kerry and Matthew and she deserved a few days off to get over it.

ipso Regulated