People start returning home to Redwood Grove after explosion

Redwood Grove explosion police cordon
A police office guard the cordon at Redwood Grove. Image: Bedfordshire Police

Some of the people evacuated from Redwood Grove have begun returning home after their homes were given the all-clear.

People were evacuated from a number of homes, adjacent to the block of flats destroyed by a fire and explosion on Monday, but those 78 homes were marked safe to return to yesterday (Wednesday).

A large part of the affected building remains unsafe and Bedfordshire Police say it will be some time before full examination and investigations can be carried out.

Six neighbouring flats remain unsafe to return to, but it is hoped people will be able to briefly access their homes in the coming weeks, after they have been made structurally safe, to retrieve important and sentimental items.

Read: Investigation into Redwood Grove explosion may begin earlier than expected

The news comes as police were finally able to recover the body of the one victim known to have been killed in the explosion.

Read: Body recovered from Redwood Grove as police gain access after explosion

Investigation continues

Forensic teams, assisted by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, continue to investigate the cause of the fire and explosion, with CCTV also being used to gather evidence.

It has been confirmed there is no mains gas supply into the building.

In a statement to the media, Chief Superintendent John Murphy, said: “This remains an incredibly complex investigation which will take some time to carry out.

“However, we’ve been working hard to get as many residents back into their homes as possible and I’d like to thank everyone who has been impacted for their patience and understanding at this difficult time.”

An information centre has been set up for people to get in touch, report any concerns or find out about family members.

Concerned family and friends can also call 0800 051 6085.

All the latest updates can be found at dedicated Redwood Grove pages on the Bedfordshire Police website.