Parts of the Administration Block were now completely inaccessible. An explosion had torn out the
floors in the south-eastern corner; piles of bricks blocked the ground floor rooms whilst the first storey area was
just a gaping hole with floors sloping crazily down into the abyss. The whole of the back of Administration
had been blown outwards, leaving huge hole in the structure.
I once thought the explosion was caused by thieves attempting to gain access to the hospital’s walk-in safes which were
located near the epicentre of the blast. However, Phil (who returned the hospital several times after my 2003 visit)
showed me pictures which showed the safe doors wide open; they’d been cut open with oxy-acetylene torches. He recalled pension
books and various patient private belongings scattered around the rooms near the safes as the thieves rifled through them and
discarded unwanted items.
Therefore there was no need for anyone to attempt to blow the safe doors as they were wide open anyway. So, the reasons
for this blast are still a complete mystery.