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Family left homeless as ‘maniac’ sets off blast at their house and destroys cars

Scarlett Tomlinson, 26, her partner Dan Eason, 25, his three children and their two-year-old son Abie were all at home in Kilburn, Derby, when the blast took place

Scarlett Tomlinson and Dan Eason with their son Albie

A family have been left fearing for their safety after an explosion caused hundred of pounds worth of damage and destroyed their home.

Scarlett Tomlinson, 26, her partner Dan Eason, 25, his three children and their two-year-old son Abie were at home in Kilburn, Derby, when the blast happened in an outhouse.

The explosion shattered their kitchen and living-room windows and blew the back door off its hinges.

It also caused damage to a number of cars and properties in their street – including Scarlett’s mum’s car which had to be written off.

Scarlett told Derbyshire Live her family are too fearful to return the address since the blast happened on September 10.



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She also says Dan, who is training to be a nursing assistant, has had to increase his dose of anti-anxiety medication as a result of the stress it has caused.

She said: “The loudest noise I’ve ever heard went off. We all screamed when it happened. I was just in shock, the whole night is a blur for me.

“Dan is suffering with trauma from the incident. He gets panic attacks whenever he thinks about it.



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The blast took place last month
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“Even if the person who did this was caught, I still don’t think we would feel able to return. The kids are all beside themselves.”

The family, who had been living in the house since May 2020, believe it was set alight twice previously on August 26 and September 6.

This time around, Scarlett said paint rollers and rags, believed to have been soaked in petrol, were found in the rubble.



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After spending two nights at her mum’s house, Scarlett, Dan and Albie moved to the Premier Inn in Ripley, which was paid for by their landlord, Futures Housing Group.

Amber Valley Borough Council then funded their stay at another hotel from September 16 until October 4, when Futures Housing Group offered them an unfurnished flat.

But Scarlett said the social housing provider has asked them to pay £500 a month in rent for their new accommodation despite them still paying £400 rent for their destroyed home.



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Scarlett says that her work as an admin assistant is the only thing that has kept her mind occupied and she has tried to remain strong for the children.

She said: “The hardest part was not knowing day to day where we were going to be sleeping that night. Some days are better than others, but some days I just sit and cry.

“We were happy in that house, we saw ourselves living there for the foreseeable future.”



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A spokesperson for Futures Housing Group says the group has “acknowledged the family’s difficulty and as a “goodwill gesture” they have offered to halve the remaining rent on the destroyed home.

This means that their rent payments will overlap for two weeks instead of four.

Police are investigating the explosion.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101, quoting the reference 21*527597.


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