London Borough of Barnet

Barnet Homes re-houses residents after fire

Published Thursday 10 May 2012

Help is being offered to all residents affected by a fire at a Barnet Council block of flats managed by Barnet Homes.

The fire broke out on Wednesday 9 May in an electrical intake cupboard in a communal area of a block at 45-88 Upper Fosters in Hendon.  It is believed to have been caused by external electrical cabling work undertaken by contractors.

The fire has resulted in extensive damage to the electrical wiring of the block, making the properties temporarily unsafe to habit. 

Residents were evacuated from the premises when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. 

Barnet Homes will be carrying out work to rewire the block and individual flats as a matter of urgency, although completion is estimated at several weeks' time. 

In the meantime, Barnet Homes is offering families and individuals affected by the fire assistance in finding alternative accommodation.

Arrangements are currently underway to give residents access to the homes so they can collect essential items.  Help will also be offered in moving furniture and other belongings as needed. 

A temporary rest centre has opened for residents at Cheshir Hall, Foster Street, NW4 2AA. 

Residents will be given contact details for members of Barnet Homes staff for any queries about the arrangements or work progress. In the meantime, they should call 0800 389 5225.  

Barnet Homes and Barnet Council would like to apologise to all residents for the inconvenience caused, and to thank them for their ongoing co-operation and understanding.

Note to editors: Barnet Homes is an arm's length management organisation owned by Barnet Council, and is responsible for managing 15,000 council homes.

Contact Press Officer: Neha Nagin