Family of “caring” and humorous father, 57, died in house explosion. They believe the fire was intentionally started after they found melted petrol can behind their front doors.

  • Carl Whalley died at the Clayton-le-Woods house explosion on October 15, aged 57. 
  • Brother Dan Whalley claimed that a “melted plastic petrol can” was discovered near his home
  • Investigations into the causes of the explosion can take up to a month.

A family member of the victim, a “caring and funny” man, believes that it was an arson attack. 

Carl Whalley was the brother of Carl Whalley. He died on October 15 when his Clayton-le-Woods home collapsed. A melted petrol can was located near the house. 

Dan Whalley stated that an accelerant was also found on curtains in a basement room. 

Dan said that although the findings were made recently, they had not been confirmed by officials. 

Mail Online reached out to Lancashire Fire and Rescue and Lancashire Police for comments. 

The investigation is complex and could last for months. 

The brother of Carl Whalley, 57, who died when his house collapsed in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, on October 15, claims a 'melted plastic petrol can' was found near the property (Pictured: Tragic Carl Whalley)

Carl Whalley’s brother, Carl Whalley (57), died in October after his home collapsed in Clayton-le-Woods. Chorley. 

Carl's heartbroken family say they are still waiting for more answers from a joint police and fire service investigation into the explosion (Pictured: House of Carl following blast)

Carl’s devastated family says they still await more information from a joint investigation by fire and police into the blast (Pictured, House of Carl immediately following the blast)

Dan said that Carl was upstairs at the time of the explosion.

According to him, the Lancashire Post “An accelerant such as petrol was discovered on the curtains in the downstairs room. 

“An unmelted petrol can was discovered behind the front door.”

After an explosion and fireball that levelled the house last October, Carl’s body was discovered in the rubble of his dormer bungalow. 

According to the Lancashire Post, police are investigating claims that Carl made about an ongoing dispute with his neighbor. This is believed to have been going back several years.

Carl’s family, who are devastated by the incident, says they still await answers from a joint fire and police investigation. 

This happened after the couple attended Carl’s ‘beautiful funeral service’ and planted flowers near the blast site.

Dan said, “It’s the worst day in my entire life.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) area manager Tony Crook said the property collapsed at about the time firefighters arrived on the scene. Nearby residents were evacuated

Tony Crook (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service) was the area manager. He stated that the structure collapsed just as firefighters arrived. Residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated

Police community support officer's attend the scene of the explosion on October 15

On October 15, an explosion occurred at the site of an incident that resulted in the death of a number community support officers. 

“But, the ceremony was beautiful and he was surrounded with friends and family on bright and sunny day.

“We placed some of our flowers at Kirkby Avenue after the ceremony.”

Charlotte, Carl’s daughter, said that her father died after a long battle.

‘I will follow my Dad’s footsteps, and make sure his legacy is preserved forever.

“He was the one who taught me all I know and will forever be a part of my life.”  

Witnesses described the explosion as a “bomb going off” 

Six fire engines raced to the rescue, while roads around were blocked and houses evacuated.