Lewisham Council served notice on fatal fire block
Lewisham Council must improve safety at one of its tower blocks after the London Fire Brigade served it with an enforcement notice following a fatal fire.
Kunaliny Alagaratnam, 42, who lived in the block Marine Tower in Abinger Grove, Deptford, and Santhirapathy Tharmalingam, 59, visiting from Sri Lanka, both died in the fire at the beginning of last month.
The fire brigade served the notice on the arm’s-length management organisation Lewisham Homes, which manages the homes for the council, on 15 February after discovering the building did not comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
It found the fire risk assessment of the 16-floor block had not been reviewed, there was inadequate protection to the emergency route and inadequate maintenance of fire doors.
The 21 day deadline period for appeal has ended and Lewisham Council must now make the changes.
A spokesperson for the fire brigade said: ‘An audit of the building was carried out after a fire in a top floor flat on 4 February. The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire officers and police.’
Sandra Clarke, 49, of Marine Tower, Abinger Grove, was charged on 6 February with manslaughter, arson with intent to endanger life and arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered and is currently awaiting trial at crown court.
A Lewisham Homes spokesperson said: ‘We are in receipt of the enforcement notice issued by the London Fire Brigade, following the fire at Marine Tower in February. We are implementing all the required actions and will fully comply with the notice by the set deadline.’
The ALMO has until 15 August this year to comply with the order.