The Gateshead Housing Company has begun the process of helping people who were evacuated from Regent Court to return to their homes from today.
Over the weekend employees and contractors worked hard to ensure that the properties are safe and secure following the fire that broke out on Thursday.
The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council officers have continued to support residents, contacting all of them to ensure they have somewhere to stay, as well as food and other necessities. Over the weekend a small number were also provided with accompanied access to their property to retrieve urgent possessions.
The majority of tenants can return to their homes today. Unfortunately, 14 out of the 160 flats have suffered some damage and we are unable to allow those people to return to their homes at present. Those affected are aware of the situation and have been spoken to individually and will continue to be supported with alternative accommodation for as long as they need it.
Jon Mallen-Beadle, Managing Director of The Gateshead Housing Company, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to start the process of helping people return home today. We are making contact with all residents to explain what we are doing to help people.
“Staff are on hand to talk to residents individually, give them one to one support, and in cases where they are able to return to their homes, escort them to their flat to ensure they are happy and settled.
“Unfortunately, not everyone can return home yet and we would like to once again thank residents and their families for their continued patience during what has been an unsettling time. We can assure them we are working extremely hard to get them back into their homes as quickly as possible.
“Our employees and those of Gateshead Council have been fantastic in their support to residents.
Residents of Regent Court can continue to use the dedicated phone lines (0191) 433 5493 and (0191) 433 5488 if they want information or support.