Inside Housing – News – The cause of the Bedford fire remains unknown due to the complexity of the scene

The cause of a deadly explosion at a building in Bedford is still unknown due to access issues on site.

The block of flats in Redwood Grove after the explosion (Picture: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue)

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The cause of a deadly explosion at a building in Bedford is still unknown due to access issues on the #UKhousing site


In the latest update on the incident, which claimed the life of Reena James, Bedfordshire Police said they were working with the local fire and rescue service to investigate as quickly as possible, but that the scene is “incredibly complex and it remains difficult to physically get investigators into the building”.

The police added that the investigation should therefore last “several weeks”.

The fire tore through the block of 20 flats after an explosion on July 4 just before 9.30am in Redwood Grove caused the roof to collapse.

Residents were evacuated, while three people, including a firefighter, were taken to hospital. One person was airlifted to Addenbrooke Hospital with serious leg injuries.

On July 12, police named Ms James as the deceased.

The fire was initially thought to have been caused by a gas explosion, but this has since been ruled out as there was no mains gas supply serving the property.

Bedfordshire Police said in a statement: “We understand there is a great deal of rumor and speculation on social media regarding the cause of the explosion and fire.

“The scene is incredibly complex and it remains difficult to physically get investigators into the building. This means that our investigation should still take several more weeks.

“So while we still need to be open-minded about what happened, we would like to reassure people that there is no evidence to suggest it was caused by a bomb or device. explosive. No arrests have been made.”

Police said officers specializing in the fight against terrorism carried out an initial assessment and established that there were “no indications to suggest that the case is related to terrorism”.

“Following an incident of this magnitude, it is natural for people to want to speculate, but we kindly ask that you refrain from doing so as sharing misinformation may cause further concern,” they said. they added, thanking the audience for their patience and understanding.

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Sharon D. Cole