Search

Editor’s comment: Residents have right to know what caused explosion

PUBLISHED: 10:32 02 October 2017

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion at Bridge Point, Hornchurch. Picture: PA WIRE/PA IMAGES/VICTORIA JONES

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion at Bridge Point, Hornchurch. Picture: PA WIRE/PA IMAGES/VICTORIA JONES

PA Wire/PA Images/Victoria Jones

In late January, Hornchurch was rocked by an explosion which destroyed flats and left people homeless.

The A127 was closed as scores of emergency vehicles flocked to the scene and dozens of shocked residents, some shivering in silver thermal blankets, stood around unsure what had happened and whether they would ever be allowed to go back to their homes and belongings.

Rumours soon started to circulate that some kind of home made drugs factory had caused the explosion.

But eight months on, the residents are no nearer finding out the reason some homes were destroyed.

And they are frustrated that no one is being held responsible.

Police and fire investigators remain tight-lipped about their suspicions.

It can’t have been a gas leak as the block, Bridge Point, is not connected to gas.

Surely if it was an accident – some kind of electricity overload or a faulty appliance – they would have said by now.

Everyone who lives at Bridge Point – and most flats escaped unscathed – deserve a better explanation than just that the police have closed the investigation through lack of evidence.

Those who didn’t lose their homes were still traumatised at the time.

And Swan Housing Association, which owns the block, has had to wait all this time while the investigation was going on, before it could begin the process of rebuilding.

The end of the block where the blast happened is still covered up and fenced off and looks hardly any different from the morning after it happened.

Whether those who have been rehoused since the explosion will want to move back without knowing what caused it remains to be seen.

Latest Romford Stories

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Spanish people in Spain? Shock horror.

I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

Yesterday, 18:00

The 22-year-old played for the under-23s on Monday night and wants to keep his match fitness up

Yesterday, 17:00

After struggling during the first half of the season, Upminster have now won five times in a row

Yesterday, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders have announced Finnish duo Timo Kauhanen and Jani Lehtovaara for the Legends team to take on the current squad on August 26.

Yesterday, 17:00

Think you know what is going on in your area?

Yesterday, 16:00

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor will hope to avoid a repeat of their past mistakes when they make the trip to Halifax Town this weekend.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now