It seems that the burnt out car was an unfortunate coincidence. From an anonymous commenter below:
You and your readers should be aware that the burnt-out car in Foxwood Road last week was nothing to do with the riots. The car in question had a fault and caught fire, and being parked where it was the fire quickly spread to the house. Thankfully, I understand that no one was hurt and the fire service responded quickly, despite them being busy. An unfortunate coincidence that it happened on the night of the riots!
Whilst there were many untrue stories floating around on “riot night”, the tweets claiming that there was a burnt out car on Foxwood Road (inside The Page Estate) were accurate.
The car has been removed (the one in the photo isn’t damaged), but the evidence is still clear – it must have been a massive blaze- the house nearby has some damage to the front, all the nearby trees have been torched, the lamp post and road sign nearby look totally carbonised.
It looks very out of place on such a quiet road – I feel terribly sorry for whoever was in there – it must have been terrifying. As several people in the blogosphere have commented, there’s something truly Ballardian about what has been going on.
Related: See 853blog for a nearby tweet about Asda that turned out to be untrue, even though it now appears as fact in both the News Hopper and The Gaurdian:
Just to alert you to the Page Estate Blackheath Residents’ Facebook group I set up a while ago, for all freeholders, leaseholders and tenants of the Page Estate in Blackheath, to discuss issues of common interest (repairs, etc). I’d be grateful if you could publicise it on the Bugle.
The Blackheath Page Estate (not to be confused with a council estate in Eltham) is a privately owned ‘estate’ in parts of Lewisham and Greenwich Boroughs — eg some Victorian properties on the Lewisham side of Lee Road, the communal garage areas attached to the Span houses in Lee Road, Heathlee Road, Foxwood Road, some Victorian properties in Lee Park and Lee High Road, then some other Victorian properties over the other side of the heath in Beaconsfield Road, probably other roads too. The properties are dotted around (it’s not a self-contained, specific area as such). The management office is in Beaconsfield Road. Residents are getting increasingly frustrated by the poor response (and often lack of response) to requests for repairs, and that’s why I set up the group. The Victorian house I live in contains four flats, two on long lease and two rented, and no external maintenance has been done since 1995/6.
We’d very much appreciate a bit of publicity so that more people will be aware of the group and hopefully join it.
If anyone else has set up residents groups for their estates in Blackheath, please let me know and I’ll add a link here.