A MAYORAL reception was held to recognise the valiant efforts of residents who rallied to help the victims of a ferocious fire in Harrow.
More than 3,000 people fled when homes in Kenton Lane, Belmont Circle, Western Drive, Elgin Avenue, Kenmore Avenue, York Avenue, Ventor Avenue and Kingshill Drive were evacuated when blaze broke out at Belmont Service Centre in Kenton Lane, on the evening of October 3.
On Wednesday last week, the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Mrinal Choudhury, thanked community leaders, residents and council staff who sprang into action to help those who had been displaced.
Mr Choudhury said: “What started as a terrifying incident for local people turned into another demonstration of the united community we have in Harrow.
“Residents and community leaders like the Rev Christine Robinson, Vicar of St Anselm’s, rallied and worked together with the emergency services and the council to keep people safe and warm. I pay tribute to their community spirit and on behalf of everyone in Harrow, thank those involved for their efforts.”
Some 300 people took shelter in the church in Clifton Avenue.
Mr Choudhury and Harrow Council chief executive Michael Lockwood presented the Rev Robinson with a certificate of recognition and a cheque to reimburse her for the hundreds of cups of tea and coffee handed out on the night.