On the morning of Tuesday 2nd November 2010 Irlam suffered a terrible blow when a gas explosion destroyed three houses and damaged others on the Moss Vale Estate. A dozen people were injured, one very seriously, and over 200 homes had to be evacuated.
“The gas explosion had a devastating impact on the Irlam community. One resident, Marie Burns, was badly injured in the blast and others, including small children, were hurt. People were left homeless and without even the most basic of supplies. Many were forced to leave their homes in their pyjamas.
In the face of such devastation, the Iocal community pulled together to provide help and support to those people impacted by the explosion. Some residents took serious risks in going into the rubble to pull their neighbours out, in real acts of heroism. The Tiger Moth pub provided shelter and tea and toast on the day and continued the support for many months. Fiddlers Lane Primary School became a rest centre for those people evacuated. Neighbours, friends and family members pulled together to provide shelter and generous donations were made by many individuals. The outpouring of support was tremendous and the strength of the support undoubtedly helped those people affected.
“The emergency services put in a great effort to deal with the devastation – securing the area and making sure that no one was trapped in the rubble.
“A year on and the local community is still trying to come to terms with what happened. I understand that City West is working to restore the area and now plans to rebuild the three houses that were destroyed in the blast and the two houses that had to be demolished due to the extent of the damage caused by the explosion.
“It is important that those people who were affected continue to receive the help and support they need to allow them to carry on rebuilding their lives.”