Families made homeless when lightning struck a block of Marsh Farm flats at the weekend suffered a fresh blow yesterday.
Heartless thieves ransacked their empty apartments and made off with electrical equipment and jewellery.
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” said single mum Vannessa Brockington, whose second floor flat in Olympic Close was worst hit by the sudden storm on Saturday afternoon which caused thunder, lightning and hail stones in just a short time.
“The council did nothing to secure the building, even though they knew the electrics had blown so the entrance door wasn’t working.”
Vannessa is hailing her 23-year-old son Kieran Barker as a hero after he pulled her from the bedroom they were decorating when lightning struck at about 4pm on Saturday.
“I went flying backwards and the next thing I knew the alarms were going off and there was smoke and debris everywhere,” she said.
“Kieran was screaming ‘Get up, get up, Mum’ and trying to drag me out.
“I was scared and shaking and I’m still shocked.”
Thieves struck the empty building yesterday morning (January 28).
They broke into Theresa Lungay’s ground floor flat, stealing her son’s TV, play station and laptop.
The mother-of-three said her children were now scared to go home and she was worried about their safety.
Sonia Williams, a health care worker who lives on the second floor, said two security doors into her flat had been smashed.
“They took jewellery worth about £2,000 and ransacked my home,” she said,
The damage left by the lightning strike is extensive.
Workmen at the site said the block’s solar panels would have to be removed before the roof could be repaired.
Electric sockets and wires in all three flats will have to be replaced.
It could be sometime before the families are able to return.