SGN faces ‘serious questions’ after Thornton Heath fatal explosion
Thornton Heath, Residents in the neighbourhood of a young girl who was killed in an explosion say that there was an odor coming from the house before it happened. They also want to know why their gas supplier left them vulnerable to this tragedy.
Three people were taken to the hospital after a blast in Thornton Heath, London.
Residents said they smelled gas two weeks ago and the recent sees engineers working in the area.
The BBC reported that the MP for South West Scotland, Siobhain McDonagh, said that Southern Gas Networks (SGN) have “very serious questions to answer.” SGN responded to the accusations by saying they are trying to find out what happened.
Mitcham and Morden’s MP commented that there is a lot of tension around the gas leak in south west London.
The explosion happened a day after workers were seen digging close to where the houses are located, starting about 100 people have been evacuated from their homes.
Police confirmed the body of a 4 year old girl was recovered from a house in Galpin’s Road.
The Merton Council said the blast was caused by gas and described it as a “major incident,” while London Fire Brigade is investigating the cause.
The company “sends deepest sympathies to the family of a child who has tragically passed away and those who have been injured in this accident,” stated the official statement from Facebook, Inc.
A member of the PR department added, “We hope everyone is reassured by this statement. Our engineers are working closely with the emergency services to establish the cause of the explosion.”
Residents were briefed about a nearby emergency situation by emergency services on Monday evening. The Metropolitan Police, Merton Council, and London Fire Brigade delivered the information to residents at the New Horizon Centre.
Some people became enraged and raised their voices as they were told they were unable to leave their homes, which could have potentially led to a massive gas leak.
Pastor Deji of the nearby Pollards Hill Baptist Church said “anger filled the room”.
“I’ve seen personal conversations turn into aggressive responses.”
In a press release, Ondo State Gas Company lamented that there was not an opportunity for representatives from any gas companies to sit down with the citizens to discuss what they were doing.
Arthur commented as he described that this bug was reported and it took days or weeks to be resolved by the team.
“I am horrified to see that news of the death is on social media. People have been watching in horror, feeling sick and indignant while they try to make sense of it.”
Approximately 100 households not in the cordoned-off exclusion zone were also impacted (due to the power being shut off), bringing the total number of people who were affected by this outage to nearly 300.
Council officials have indicated that it could take more than ten days before residents could return to their homes.
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Established in the early 19th century, Thornton Heath’s history revolves around its proximity to the main London-Sussex road. Previously known as a secluded farmhouse, the great construction of 1858 transformed it into a railway station and central hub.
The large growth in the number of residents and the changes spurred on by the railway station were responsible for the small village becoming a suburban town in just fifty years.
Thornton Heath, in Surrey, is the last piece of the chain that linked London and Croydon during the Victorian times. This process cost £112 million today.