FAMILY and friends yesterday paid tribute to 42-year-old Reena James, who is believed to have died in a massive gas explosion at a block of flats.
She lived on the ground floor of the three-storey building that collapsed after the blast started a fire at 9am Monday.
Neighbor Karina Caetano, 24, said she went inside to save Reena but was knocked back by the smoke.
She said, “She was a good friend and always very nice to me.”
Reena’s brother Peter Masih, 46, said police told the family they found a body at their home but did not confirm it was her.
Dad James Mattu, 75, added: “If we see with our own eyes that it’s Reena then we’re going to believe it.”
He added: “The police came last night and spoke to me about my daughter.
“But they’re not sure yet, we haven’t seen our daughter yet. So, I don’t know what’s going on.
“I know the explosion and one dead and three injured, I watched on TV but I didn’t think it was my daughter.
“I’ve been in the building many times, they said they found my daughter, but it’s too hot to keep looking.
Three others, including a firefighter, were taken to hospital after the incident in Bedford.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5719498/tributes-woman-dead-gas-explosion-flats/ Tributes for a 42-year-old woman killed in a horrific gas explosion at an apartment building