Newry Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that there is a likelihood that the family involved in the recent house explosion in Barcroft will not be back in their home for Christmas.
The Councillor speaking on behalf of the family thanked their neighbours, the Fire Service, the Barcroft Community Association and all who helped them at the time of the incident and have been so supportive since then.
"The family are in Emergency accommodation at the minute and are not so sure when they will be able to return to their home. The damage involved means that it may not be ready for Christmas" said the Councillor who has also been involved with assisting the family since the incident.
"The family wish it placed on record their sincere gratitude to the Fire Service and her neighbours who attended the scene and unselfishly helped them. The neighbour next door to the family in particular, showed great courage and composure in the immediate aftermath of the gas explosion. They would also like to thank the Barcroft Community Association for their support".
The local elected representative concluded by stating
"We in Barcroft are proud of our community bond and once again it came to the fore in response to this incident which thank God didn't end with serious injury or loss of life. Hopefully, we will get this family back into their home as quickly as possible".