Row of homes still in ruins after explosion
The fate of a building that was gutted by a suspected gas explosion is still unknown more than three months after the disaster.
A blast and subsequent fireball destroyed a row of homes in Oak Tree Road, South Ashford, in June this year, leaving 10 people homeless.
One resident, a man in his 20s, was rushed to a specialist burns unit in London with serious injuries
The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) began an investigation into the cause of the explosion shortly after it happened, which a spokesman said is still ‘ongoing.’
An Ashford Borough Council spokesman said their teams are unable to determine whether the building will have to be demolished until the HSE wraps up its investigation.
He said: “We are still waiting on HSE regarding the cause and the structural survey work, which will be undertaken in due course.”
The council held an internal review meeting last Friday for officers involved in the authority’s response to the crisis.
The spokesman added: “Following such incidents it is normal practice for us to reflect on the way we responded, to identify what worked well and what can be improved upon.
“We will then amend processes accordingly to reassure residents that we are fully prepared and have robust plans in place.”
Aftermath of the explosion in Oak Tree Road