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Family's flood ordeal

PUBLISHED: 18:15 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:42 11 August 2010

A LITTLE boy s ninth birthday was ruined when a burst radiator flooded a family s new council house. Tony Hoskin, who lives in the property in Rowney Gardens, Dagenham, with his wife and two children, explained how the family came home from buying their

A LITTLE boy's ninth birthday was ruined when a burst radiator flooded a family's new council house.

Tony Hoskin, who lives in the property in Rowney Gardens, Dagenham, with his wife and two children, explained how the family came home from buying their son's birthday present and cake, to find water streaming from the light fitting in the living room.

They had to take up newly-laid carpets and dry out the lounge as best they could.

Tony said: "The electrician who came round didn't want to leave us without electricity, so he just made it as safe as he could.

"Then later, we were sitting in the living room with all the family having a party for Charlie's birthday, when all of a sudden sparks starting flying from the light fitting.

"About 30 seconds later there was a great big bang.

"My two-year-old nephew was standing right under it and now he's too scared to come into the room."

The family have recently moved to Dagenham from a flat in Lambourne Road, Barking, and say that the flood was just the latest in a catalogue of problems since they moved in.

The leak was the result of a rusty radiator which had burst in the upstairs bedroom of their five-year-old daughter, Millie.

The Hoskins have recently laid new carpets in the property, and had paid to have the ceilings renovated themselves, because they didn't want to accept the option the council gave them to move in and have the work done around them, due to the children's asthma.

Tony said: "I'm sick and tired of the place. We have lost so much. I've spent £1,000 on the ceilings and another £1,000 on the carpets.

"And I've had to have time off work to sort it all out.

"I have another daughter who I haven't seen for weeks because I don't want to bring her here.

"Most people dream of having a three bedroom house, but I would move back to the flat tomorrow."

A council spokesperson said: "All tenants are advised to take out home insurance before they move in.

Inspections are carried out by Enterprise before houses are put back into the system and all properties are required to meet a letting standard which is a national standard for council properties.

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