'No apology' from family behind devastating fire

No apology from family behind devastating fire

No apology from family behind devastating fire

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THEY have not even bothered to say sorry.

Two weeks after an out-of-control bonfire became an inferno that destroyed treasured gardens and possessions, neighbours are still waiting for an apology from the family who started the fire.

Tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage was caused when the fire rapidly escalated and tore through the back gardens of a Totton neighbourhood.

Canisters flew through the air when the inferno took hold as flames razed homemade sheds to the ground and destroyed conservatories, shattering glass and melting plastic.

At the time, the Daily Echo spoke to the family living in Northlands Road who lit the bonfire, but they declined to comment apart from insisting “it wasn’t a bonfire – we were trying to clean some leaves by burning them”.

Now, 14 days later, one family say they still haven’t had so much as an apology as they await news from their insurance company about making a claim to cover the cost of the damage.

Brothers Martin and Wayne Jordan live with their parents Len and Jill in Bishops Close and had their back garden completely burnt out.

As reported, the garden Jill, 79, had tended to for decades and the state-of-the-art shed her sons spent two years creating has gone – leaving just a couple of garden ornaments and a lathe behind.

Fishing and camping equipment worth thousands of pounds has also been lost along with match programmes from when Southampton won the FA Cup in 1976 and other Saints memorabilia.

The family is yet to hear from their insurance firm about making a claim.

Meanwhile their 86-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, is no longer able to enjoy the garden where he loved to sit and admire the flowers.

Wayne said: “He said to us ‘I had it all, now I have got nothing.’ He would sit there all the time.”

Jill, 79, added: “We’re just devastated. Gutted.”

Wayne, 54, added: “We still haven’t heard from the people responsible. That’s the first thing I would be doing.

“I’d be going round to see that everyone was OK, to say sorry.”

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11:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

Ozmosis says...

They are probably embarrassed, and fear getting abused and beaten up
They are probably embarrassed, and fear getting abused and beaten up Ozmosis
  • Score: 16

12:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

An apology could be seen as an admission of liability which could affect the insurance claim. They are probably obeying instructions from the insurance company.
An apology could be seen as an admission of liability which could affect the insurance claim. They are probably obeying instructions from the insurance company. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 10

12:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

huckit P says...

Ah! I see some excuses being trotted out by like-minded people. Saying sorry doesn't have to imply guilt or innocence. So many people are so self-centred that they only think of themselves and have no idea how to be civil towards other folk.
Unfortunately a lot of home insurance policies do not cover things like garden sheds and fences, as they are not considered part of the permanent structure. Let's hope the house where it started actually had insurance because that is where the claims will all end up.
Ah! I see some excuses being trotted out by like-minded people. Saying sorry doesn't have to imply guilt or innocence. So many people are so self-centred that they only think of themselves and have no idea how to be civil towards other folk. Unfortunately a lot of home insurance policies do not cover things like garden sheds and fences, as they are not considered part of the permanent structure. Let's hope the house where it started actually had insurance because that is where the claims will all end up. huckit P
  • Score: 8

12:50pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sarfhamton says...

I am sure a few ipads and diamond rings also went up in smoke too, at least thats what i would say
I am sure a few ipads and diamond rings also went up in smoke too, at least thats what i would say sarfhamton
  • Score: -34

2:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

huckit P wrote:
Ah! I see some excuses being trotted out by like-minded people. Saying sorry doesn't have to imply guilt or innocence. So many people are so self-centred that they only think of themselves and have no idea how to be civil towards other folk.
Unfortunately a lot of home insurance policies do not cover things like garden sheds and fences, as they are not considered part of the permanent structure. Let's hope the house where it started actually had insurance because that is where the claims will all end up.
Nothing to do with being like minded, just experience of insurance claims. I would never have put myself in that situation in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Ah! I see some excuses being trotted out by like-minded people. Saying sorry doesn't have to imply guilt or innocence. So many people are so self-centred that they only think of themselves and have no idea how to be civil towards other folk. Unfortunately a lot of home insurance policies do not cover things like garden sheds and fences, as they are not considered part of the permanent structure. Let's hope the house where it started actually had insurance because that is where the claims will all end up.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being like minded, just experience of insurance claims. I would never have put myself in that situation in the first place. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 4

2:38pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Redondo Saint says...

Both brothers still living at home in their 50's??
Both brothers still living at home in their 50's?? Redondo Saint
  • Score: -20

3:36pm Fri 15 Aug 14

*ay*carumba* says...

Redondo Saint wrote:
Both brothers still living at home in their 50's??
Maybe they are helping their 79 year old mother care for their 86 year old father. It can't be easy for a 79 year old to care for someone with dementia.
[quote][p][bold]Redondo Saint[/bold] wrote: Both brothers still living at home in their 50's??[/p][/quote]Maybe they are helping their 79 year old mother care for their 86 year old father. It can't be easy for a 79 year old to care for someone with dementia. *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 27

4:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Big Mac says...

Seems an odd way to go about cleaning leaves, should have used fairy liquid, not paraffin!
Dumb a55es!
Seems an odd way to go about cleaning leaves, should have used fairy liquid, not paraffin! Dumb a55es! Big Mac
  • Score: 11

5:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

SotonNorth says...

Burning leaves? Don't New Forest District Council offer a garden waste collection service? Alternatively, there's the household waste recycling centre where normal people take their garden waste.
Burning leaves? Don't New Forest District Council offer a garden waste collection service? Alternatively, there's the household waste recycling centre where normal people take their garden waste. SotonNorth
  • Score: 6

6:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sparkster says...

There's nothing wrong with the two brothers living at home in their 50's they may well be looking after their parents as said above. 0ur son is 30 and he still lives with us which is no problem as far as we are concerned.
There's nothing wrong with the two brothers living at home in their 50's they may well be looking after their parents as said above. 0ur son is 30 and he still lives with us which is no problem as far as we are concerned. sparkster
  • Score: 11

1:45am Sat 16 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

SotonNorth wrote:
Burning leaves? Don't New Forest District Council offer a garden waste collection service? Alternatively, there's the household waste recycling centre where normal people take their garden waste.
You just don't burn anything in the tinder dry conditions we had at that time. Unless of course you are totally stupid.
[quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: Burning leaves? Don't New Forest District Council offer a garden waste collection service? Alternatively, there's the household waste recycling centre where normal people take their garden waste.[/p][/quote]You just don't burn anything in the tinder dry conditions we had at that time. Unless of course you are totally stupid. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

1:46am Sat 16 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

You just don't burn anything in the tinder dry conditions we had at that time. Unless of course you are totally stupid.
You just don't burn anything in the tinder dry conditions we had at that time. Unless of course you are totally stupid. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

2:23am Sat 16 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

Unfortunately with insurance claims you have to be very careful with what is said to other people, especially when those people are employed by the media. Anything that is open to interpretation can invalidate a claim which would do no favours to the people who lit the bonfire or the people who may be claiming on them (presumably the same people who are demanding an apology!!).

The NFDC garden waste scheme costs about £2 per month and any responsible person trying to dispose of garden rubbish would use this. But there are various by-laws about lighting fires in residential areas, putting aside any tinderbox conditions that prevailed tow weeks ago.

The problem is ... no one ever enforces these by-laws so people light fires whenever they feel like it and, sadly in this case, an inferno quickly developed. Thankfully no one was killed as a result and a replacement Southampton 1976 FA Cup programme can be easily found on eBay!!
Unfortunately with insurance claims you have to be very careful with what is said to other people, especially when those people are employed by the media. Anything that is open to interpretation can invalidate a claim which would do no favours to the people who lit the bonfire or the people who may be claiming on them (presumably the same people who are demanding an apology!!). The NFDC garden waste scheme costs about £2 per month and any responsible person trying to dispose of garden rubbish would use this. But there are various by-laws about lighting fires in residential areas, putting aside any tinderbox conditions that prevailed tow weeks ago. The problem is ... no one ever enforces these by-laws so people light fires whenever they feel like it and, sadly in this case, an inferno quickly developed. Thankfully no one was killed as a result and a replacement Southampton 1976 FA Cup programme can be easily found on eBay!! eurogordi
  • Score: 0

7:04am Sat 16 Aug 14

oooarrr says...

Why do some people suddenly get the urge to light a bonfire as soon as we get a nice bit of sunshine? 'Normal' people want to dry their washing, have windows open or just sit in the sun but some unsociable people go and light a fire!
Why do some people suddenly get the urge to light a bonfire as soon as we get a nice bit of sunshine? 'Normal' people want to dry their washing, have windows open or just sit in the sun but some unsociable people go and light a fire! oooarrr
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
An apology could be seen as an admission of liability which could affect the insurance claim. They are probably obeying instructions from the insurance company.
They are insured?
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: An apology could be seen as an admission of liability which could affect the insurance claim. They are probably obeying instructions from the insurance company.[/p][/quote]They are insured? Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 0

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