Mother and two sons ‘among blast dead’

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Image caption Jane Ragoobar and sons Sean Ragoobeer (left) and Shane Ragoobeer (right) are believed to be among the five sufferers

A mother and two associated with her sons are believed to be one of the five people who died in an huge increase in Leicester.

Jane Ragoobar, 46, and sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17, resided in the flat above the store in Hinckley Road which was damaged in the blast on Sunday.

Police said they are lacking along with Shane’s girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18, and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, who was working in the store at the time.

Remains owned by five people have been recovered in the wreckage.

Leicestershire Law enforcement said given the “devastation brought on by the blast and fire”, it could be some “considerable time” before the body are formally identified.

Mrs Ragoobar’s husband, Jose Ragoobeer, was working at the time of the particular explosion and received a telephone call to say his youngest son have been taken to hospital.

Their employer, Lola Ojomo, said this individual was “adored” by his customers, who know him as “Joe”. She described him as a “very devoted” father.

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Image caption Jose Ragoobeer’s employer described him as “very much a family man”

“I don’t know exactly how he will recover from this, ” mentioned Miss Ojomo, who is director associated with Pure HomeCare.

“He’s very much a family man. I think their work and family were simply it for him, that was their life.

“His left over son is still critical. We avoid even know if he’s going to ensure it is. ”

Mr Ragoobeer was with a client when he or she received the phone call about their son.

“He ensured the client was OK; that’s the type of person he is; then went away and communicated with us to say this individual was at the A& E together with his son, ” said Miss Ojomo.

“He at the time failed to know what had happened to the additional members of the family. I think he assumed these people weren’t in. ”

‘Humble and grateful’

His colleagues are increasing money for him through a crowd-funding page.

Miss Ojomo said he was “really simple and grateful that anybody will be thinking about him”.

Image caption A complete search of the scene in Hinckley Road will take days, the crisis services have said

Stanislav Stosiek, who seem to went to English Martyrs Catholic College with Sean Ragoobeer, said this individual was a “wonderful person” who was “smiling all the time”.

He or she added: “The fact he’s simply 17, not 18 – therefore young. He had so much ahead of your pet, so much. It really breaks my cardiovascular.

“He really enjoyed spending time with friends at British Martyrs for sure. He had many good friends there that are mourning right now and i believe they’re all going to be emaciated to hear he’s dead. ”

Mr Stosiek said this individual was “truly devastated” for Sean’s younger brother “who miraculously survived”.

“I hope their brother recovers. And I hope for the particular sake of his father, that I don’t know how he’s going to handle this, but I hope [he and his surviving son] recover and I hope the most effective for them. ”

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Picture caption Leah Reek has been Shane Ragoobeer’s girlfriend and is thought to have been at the flat

Five people were furthermore taken to hospital after the blast, among whom remains in hospital along with life-threatening injuries.

Expert teams with experience of searching earthquake-hit buildings are being used in the research operation.

This consists of the use of dogs, cameras and hearing equipment.

But law enforcement said they did not expect to find any kind of survivors and the operation had came into the “recovery” phase.

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Image caption Buildings possibly side have also suffered structural harm

Supt Shane O’Neill said: “Tragically, all of we are now looking for is any more human remains.

“This is vital work that is being carried out, on behalf of the victims and their loved ones, and it will take some time to complete.

“People lost their lifestyles on Sunday in the most dreadful way. We need to understand why the building cracked. ”

The building contained a shop premises on the ground level along with a two-storey flat above.

The shop had gone through a lot of owners but most recently was a Gloss supermarket called Zabka. It is thought to have been trading since January.

Image caption Flowers have been laid in the cordon on Hinckley Road

A section associated with Hinckley Road is expected to stay closed throughout Tuesday.

A public meeting held upon Monday night was attended simply by residents and businesses.

Matt Cane, group manager regarding Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services, said he could not rule out the chance more bodies could be recovered through the scene.

“While we now have no intelligence to suggest this is actually the case, we cannot rule out that will possibility until the search is over, inch he said.

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Image caption Residents plus businesses attended a public conference at a primary school nearby

Support has been provided by police family liaison officials to the families of the five individuals known to be missing, Leicestershire Police additional.

Leicester City Authorities has asked for flowers to be remaining near the front steps of the Westcotes United Reform Church in Hinckley Road.

A rest center, which was opened at St Anne’s Church in Letchworth Road to back up residents who had to leave their own homes after the blast, has now already been converted into a support and information center.