The families of three men and a teenage boy who were killed in an explosion at a water recycling centre have shared heartbreaking tributes.
Luke Wheaton, 16, Ray White, 57, Brian Vickery, 63, and Mike James, 64, died in the incident at the Wessex Water site in Avonmouth, Bristol, last week.
It is understood that Mike, from Bath, was a contractor working at the site, while Brian, from Clevedon, and Ray, from Portishead, were employees of Wessex Water, and Luke, from Bradley Stoke, was an apprentice at the firm.
Luke’s family said he had been ‘taken from us way too soon’, adding: ‘Words cannot describe what we are going through.
‘We are so proud of Luke, who is the most gorgeous, loving, happy, talented, perfect son.
‘Luke had everything to look forward to in life and has left a massive hole that will never be filled.’
They said Luke adored his family and would be missed by his large network of friends, including from football, rugby and school.
‘Luke knows how much he is loved and will be dearly missed by everyone. We just wish we could bring him back,’ his family added.
‘Always in our hearts and thoughts – life will never be the same again.’
Ray’s family said they are ‘struggling to come to terms’ with his death.
‘He was a wonderful son, brother and father to his two sons,’ they said.
‘He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.’
Brian’s family said there are ‘not enough words to describe the impact’ that he had on his family, friends and so many.
‘He brightened everyone’s lives with his cheeky and wicked sense of humour,’ they said.
‘Nothing meant more to him than being around the ones he loved and it’s difficult to think of him without it bringing a smile to your face.
‘We feel blessed to have had him in our lives and we will cherish these memories forever.’
Mike’s family said he was a ‘brother, husband, father and Grampy. He will be missed.’
The families thanked people who offered them support but asked that their privacy be respected.
Avon and Somerset Police said post-mortem examinations have been carried out, while investigations continue at the scene.
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