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Explosion victim described as "fun and inspiring"

Explosion victim described as "fun and inspiring"

Published at 6:21pm 23rd February 2016. (Updated at 6:32pm 23rd February 2016)

Police have named a man who died in a house explosion in Haxby near York.

63-year-old father-of-one Paul Wilmott is believed to have been alone at home on Springwood when it happened at around 7.30am on Friday.

Investigations into the cause of the blast are continuing.

An inquest into Mr Wilmott's death is expected to open and adjourn on Thursday.

His family have described him as a "fun and inspiring" person who was extremely kind and enjoyed life.

In a statement, they said: "Paul was born in York and had lived here all his life. Paul had worked for many years at Leeds Beckett University as the specialist sound engineer with the video production unit. He had been a volunteer with York Hospital Radio since he was a young man.

"As their technical officer, he did many outside broadcasts including from the York Barbican and York Minister, as well as the city's Joseph Rowntree Theatre and the Theatre Royal.

"He and his partner, Olivia, had been together for over nine years and shared a love of ice skating."

Olivia added: "He was the kindest, gentlest person I have ever known."

Paul also leaves behind his son, Ian, and his mother and brother.

Haxby explosion

The remains of Paul Wilmott's house in Haxby near York