Elm Park woman taken to hospital following gas leak - four days after carbon monoxide leak

The block in Mungo Park Road where the gas leak broke out

The block in Mungo Park Road where the gas leak broke out - Credit: Archant

A young Elm Park mother was taken to hospital after a gas leak in her flat – just four days after a carbon monoxide leak hospitalised her family.

An ambulance crew took the woman, who lives in a Mungo Park Road flat owned by Newham Council, to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, at about 10am on Saturday.

The family – including a 15-month-old baby – had only returned home from Whipps Cross Hospital two days previously following a potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leak that broke out in their home on Tuesday, April 30.

As reported in last week’s Romford Recorder, upstairs neighbour Pauline Smith raised the alarm after her CO detector started going off.

This week, Pauline said the repeated leaks meant she was frightened to go to bed.


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“I’m scared to shut my eyes,” she told the Recorder. “I’m still in shock – I can’t believe it’s happened again.

“I think it’s absolutely appalling that it’s happened twice in a week. The council was only down here on Wednesday checking the flat to make sure it was safe.”

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Newham Council’s “gas safe” team was working in the ground floor flat on Wednesday, May 1, and had traced the CO leak to a faulty cooker.

The National Grid confirmed it had been called to the flat at about 10.30am on Saturday.

A spokesman said the problem appeared to be internal, and that there was nothing wrong with the National Grid’s gas supply.

“We switched off the gas supply to six flats as a precaution,” he added.

Newham Council said it took its responsibilities “very seriously” and was investigating the incidents.

A spokesman said: “We have a responsibility to ensure that the supply to every property is safe and as such carry out CP12 (gas safety) checks on an annual basis to every tenanted and leasehold property.

“Following the incident, gas safety contractors working on behalf of the council have tested appliances in every individual property and are currently investigating the alleged cause of the leak.”

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, is now recovering at home.

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