Factory explosion victim named as 39-year-old father

A man who died after an explosion at a metal smelting factory has been named as 39-year-old father, Aaron Johnston.

Aaron Johnston
Aaron Johnston

Mr Johnston, from Sutton Coldfield, died after a cooling pipe burst at Witton Industrial Estate in Holford Road, Birmingham, not far from Villa Park, in the early hours of December 12.

Around 30 firefighters attended but sadly Mr Johnston was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paying tribute to Mr Johnston, his family said: "Aaron was a devoted husband, loving father and a loyal son and brother.

“Aaron was greatly loved by everyone he knew and will be deeply missed by many.

“We would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support and comfort we have received from friends and family at this very sad and difficult time as we wait for the investigation to reach its conclusion.”

The matter is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive which is supporting West Midlands Police with its enquiries.

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