Nine social housing tenants left homeless after fire
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
A fire that broke out at a social landlord's housing block on Saturday has left nine tenants homeless.
Moat Housing Association's three-story block in Chelmsford, Essex was attended by fire crews at around 2am on Saturday morning.
Happily, all of the block's tenants have been accounted for. In total, 30 people were moved to safety while the blaze was tackled.
Moat has said that nine of its properties had been affected, each of which housed one tenant.
In a statement, Moat said: Six properties experienced extensive damage and as such will require significant repairs. An additional three adjacent properties will need to be assessed for fire damage."
When firefighters arrived, the blaze had already taken hold of the building's top floor.
Crews said efforts to fight the fire were threatened by a "poor water supply".
Speaking for the fire service, sub officer Syd Barrett said: "In all, around 30 people escaped safely from the building but none of them will be able to return because of the damage caused.
"When crews arrived, there was a well-developed fire in the roof void of the block which had broken through the roof of the building.
"The fire did not spread to an adjacent block."
The emergency services are not treating the fire as suspicious and have handed the site back to Moat.
Moat confirmed that nine of its residents now require rehousing and it is working with its local authority and housing provider partners in the area to provide suitable accommodation.