Grenfell Tower fire: Newham Council provides reassurance and advice for high-rise residents

PUBLISHED: 19:31 14 June 2017

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

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

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Newham Council has said it is carrying out extra checks on its tower blocks after a devastating fire left 12 people dead in the early hours of this morning.

The death toll from the blaze at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block, west London, is expected to rise after the building was turned into a towering inferno overnight leaving many of its residents trapped inside.

So far, 74 people have been declared injured and 18 are in critical care. The fire has prompted calls over safety in other multi-storey buildings across London.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said he would be writing to all Newham residents and leaseholders living in tall blocks to “reassure them of our safety measures” and provide practical safety advice from the London Fire Brigade.

He said: “We take fire safety very seriously and have robust measures in place to ensure residents in tall blocks are kept safe.

“All of our buildings are subject to strict fire risk assessments with remedial action if required.

“Following the fire in Kensington and Chelsea, we are carrying out further assessments on our tall blocks to see if any action needs to be taken.”

Sir Robin added that smoke alarms are fitted in every individual flat and house “as standard” and all new tenants are given fire safety advice when signing up to a new tenancy.

He added: “We meet regularly with the LFB on operational fire safety issues to ensure our processes and advice are up to date.”

The Newham mayor also offered his sympathies to all persons affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is not known yet how many people died in the blaze, as many people’s whereabouts remain unaccounted for, but it is believed that up to 600 people lived there inside 120 flats.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the fire was “on a scale that we have probably not seen in London for many, many years”.

Earlier today, the London Fire Brigade reissued safety advice measures to people reiterating the importance of having a working smoke alarm and ensuring communal areas leading to escape routes were left clutter-free.

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