Romeu and Louise de Almeida had lived in Jersey for the last decade
A Portuguese couple in their 60s has been named as two of seven victims identified so far from the devastating explosion that rocked the town of St Helier, in Jersey, in the Channel islands, in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
Romeu and Louise de Almeida, aged 67 and 64 respectively, had been living in Jersey for more than a decade, explain reports.
They have been described in articles on the tragedy as “a lovely couple”.
The massive blast – which demolished the three-storey block in which the couple lived – was initially believed to have been caused by a gas leak, but it has since transpired that the block “was not connected to mains gas”.
The Daily Mail adds that “police have not ruled out a criminal investigation and want to keep all options open’.
Searches remain ongoing as two residents of the block continue to be treated as ‘missing’.
In Portugal, the ministry of foreign affairs has “profoundly lamented” the news of the deaths of two nationals, while the Portuguese consulate in London has said it is “accompanying the situation and assuring support to the victims’ families”.