Dozens of Residents Finally Going Home After the Mississauga House Explosion
After weeks of waiting, dozens of people displaced by the Hickory Drive explosion have been given the go ahead to return home, according to a recent Newstalk 1010 article.
“We had 69 addresses that still had outstanding building code orders against them. We were able to clear off 32 of those building code orders at 1360 Rathburn, the high-rise across from the blast area,” Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett told the news outlet.
The fire chief also added that the people -- some of them elderly or living on pensions -- at 1360 Rathburn were more vulnerable, so it's good to see them finally return home.
According to the article, 37 properties still require repair. The homes beside the blast site did not fare well. One home has been demolished and another is scheduled to be destroyed.
Earlier this month, the United Way of Peel Region announced that it was partnering with the region and city to help residents assist those who were affected by the explosion.
The organization set up this website to solicit donations for victims. United Way also announced that aside from money, donations of clothing, household goods and furniture would be beneficial.
The raucous explosion occurred on June 28. Homeowners Robert Nadler and Diane Page were both killed. The cause of the explosion is still unknown and the investigation is ongoing.
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