Gosport family face months of waiting to return home

NOT HAPPY From left, Charlotte, brother Luke, dad Justin with Drew, dad Marc and son Bayley 11. Justin and Marc are twins. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13857-6)
NOT HAPPY From left, Charlotte, brother Luke, dad Justin with Drew, dad Marc and son Bayley 11. Justin and Marc are twins. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13857-6)

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A FAMILY who had to evacuate their home after a boiler exploded face a wait of more than six months before they can return.

Twin brothers Marc and Justin Warner, 41, spent the Easter holiday in a hotel in Fareham, while their four children stayed with friends and relatives.

It comes after the explosion in the family home in Goodwood Road, Elson in Gosport, on Monday, March 25.

As previously reported in The News, all six were inside and the two brothers had feared for the youngsters’ safety.

Marc said work at the house, which has been occupied by his family for generations, has now begun.

Marc’s parents Elaine, 60, and Brian, 63, moved into the cherished home in 1984, and Brian had refurbished it for their parents before then.

Marc said the insurance company decided the boiler was not faulty.

This week he had been living with Justin his children in a B&B in Gosport but will move into Hill Park Road in Gosport today.

He said: ‘If we can get some sort of structure back in our lives – it’s not ideal – but at least we’ve got a place to sleep and organise ourselves better.

‘My family have been fantastic.

‘My Pops doesn’t go in there – he did a lot the work in there before.

‘He obviously wants it done but he’s done a lot of graft in that house.’

Marc added that despite their difficulties after temporarily losing their home, he is thankful no-one was injured.

As reported, his 11-year-old son Bayley was sat in the living room just yards away from the boiler – located under the stairs – when it exploded and caught on fire.

The force of the bang lifted the roof and launched the front door into the garden.

Marc added: ‘I think it’ll be longer than six months – that was the estimate our insurance people said.

‘But the structural guy said they’ve got to knock all the plaster off and do all the structural damage upstairs.

‘There’s smoke damage too, I think it will be longer than six months.’