Residents return one week after building explosion

A week after the explosion that left an apartment block in tatters on Moddermanstraat, Rotterdam, the residents can return to their homes next week, states the spokesperson of housing corporation Havenstede to At least 150 homes were evacuated and 150 people displaced on February 2nd. 

Sixteen residents from sixteen houses will not be allowed to return to their homes. The recovery will take so long that the corporation's stakeholders rather place the remaining occupants elsewhere. The homes will probably be set in the same district, which will be determined after consultation with the residents. They also receive a relocation allowance of 5,799 euros and will move into a comparable home.

The explosion left more than a hundred people homeless. Police arrested a 67-year old man in Maasstad Hospital last Friday. He is suspected of causing the explosion, police announced on Monday.