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Redbridge Council to review tower blocks’ safety assessments after tragic Grenfell Tower fire

PUBLISHED: 14:12 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 14 June 2017

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: PA/Victoria Jones

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: PA/Victoria Jones

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Redbridge Council is reviewing fire risk assessments in all 18 of its high rises following the tragedy in Grenfell Tower this morning.

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: PA/Victoria JonesSmoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: PA/Victoria Jones

At least six people have died and 20 are in critical care from the huge fire which engulfed the west London tower block at around 1am.

The 24-storey building is still on fire, and many people are unaccounted for.

Questions have been raised as to why the tower block caught fire so quickly, why smoke was not contained by fire doors and why residents were told to stay in their rooms.

The council’s leader Councillor Jas Athwal said officers would review every risk assessment for local authority blocks over five stories high.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and have been affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

“Redbridge Council has 18 housing blocks above 5 stories and we have fire risk assessments in place for all our housing stock including the taller blocks. “We will be carrying out a review of these along with reviewing our fire compartmentation reports, which relate to restricting the spread of fires within buildings.”

Councillor Athwal said the council would be taking guidance from the London Fire Brigade, and advised residents to check their escape plans.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: “There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”

Kennedy Wilson, the owner of the borough’s tallest tower blocks Pioneer Point, Ilford, said it recently invested in the skyscrapers’ fire safety.

A spokeswoman said: “Pioneer Point was fire compliant at the time of our acquisition and we invested a further £7m of capital expenditure into the building, which included a full Health & Safety programme and further enhancing the building’s fire safety.

“We have worked in detail on the fire strategy with third parties and are confident that we have a robust fire strategy in place.

“We always engage in a programme of continuous monitoring and upgrading our fire systems across our portfolio, including Pioneer Point.”

For more information visit www.london-fire.gov.uk/know-the-plan.


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