Woman's house destroyed in blast while she was on holiday
A MUM has told how every holidaymaker's worst nightmare came true — her house was completely destroyed in an enormous blast while she was away sunning herself on a beach.
Michèle Wright, 49, and her daughter Rhiannon, 24, had been enjoying themselves in Crete when a 3am call from Britain told her: "Your home is gone."
And she battled against tears yesterday after flying back home to pick through the wreckage of her £250,000 country bungalow demolished by a suspected gas leak. Michèle said: "At first I thought it was a joke. I just said 'no' over and over again.
"I broke down into sobs — it was the early hours of Sunday morning, I could hardly take in what I was being told.
"I was shaking. I felt numb. How could my entire house be destroyed?
The fire service have confirmed the explosion was caused by a suspected gas leak in the dorma bungalow and an investigation is ongoing.
Michèle said: "The devastation of seeing your home completely caved in on itself can't be described.
"That's everything I've worked for or held on to in my life. I feel bereaved — I wake up in the morning and there is this blissful second where I feel normal and then it washes over me.
University lecturer Michèle has praised the local community for their kindness and support at such a difficult time.
"All I have to my name at the moment is the luggage I took to Crete," she said.
"I've accepted donations of clothes and a collection from friends at work. Their support is so touching.