Mum of girl killed in gas explosion horror says blast was like missiles

A mum has paid tribute to her “amazing” daughter after she was killed in a gas explosion in south London – and said the tragedy could have been prevented.

The body of Sahara Salman was pulled from the rubble of her home on Galpin’s Road, Thornton Heath, Croydon on Monday, leaving her mother furious that the “gas problem has been neglected for such a long time”.

According to comments reported in the Evening Standard, bereaved mother Sana Ahmad said the explosion was “like missiles were dropped on the properties”.

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Sahara’s death came a month shy of her fifth birthday, her mother said she had lost “the most incredible little girl” who was her “pride and joy”.

She thinks the explosion, and consequently her daughter’s death, could have been avoided is people “did their job properly”.

She claims that on July 30 her own mother smelt something funny and reported it, while other locals are understood to be livid that their reports of the smell of gas didn't prevent the death.

A spokesperson for SGN, which operates the gas supply to the houses, said to PA: “We understand the local community has also been deeply affected by the serious incident and we’d like to reassure everyone we are working closely with investigators and assisting the emergency services.

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“SGN will continue to have a presence on site in the coming days.

“Given the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to comment any further at this stage.”

But while the situation will no doubt be pulled apart by officials, Mrs Ahmad simply told PA: "The saddest thing is that we tried to prevent this from happening.”

She added: “This world didn’t deserve somebody who was so special. It’s our loss. She was the most amazing thing to ever walk this planet.”

An 11-year-old boy and 54-year-old woman remain in hospital.

The Daily Star has approached SGN Gas for comment.


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