Residents flee blaze at Southwark high rise
Sixty people were evacuated after a fire started at a tower block near the south London high rise where six people died in a blaze last year.
London Fire Brigade sent six engines and 30 firefighters to Marie Curie House on Sceaux Gardens estate in Camberwell at about 6.20pm yesterday.
It took just over two hours to bring the fire under control, which was contained in the bedroom and interior hallway of a maisonette on the thirteenth floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is thought to be accidental.
Southwark Council spent around £1.5 million on the Marie Curie block after a fire ripped through nearby Lakanal House in July last year, killing three women and three children.
The work included stripping out false ceilings, putting in new fire-proof doors and new smoke alarms.
Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for housing at Southwark Council, said: ‘This was an unfortunate incident - but thankfully no one was hurt. I realise residents may be concerned. I want to reassure them that we are taking every step to ensure their safety.’
An intrusive fire risk assessment was conducted at Marie Curie in August 2009. The council said all the actions required in the assessment have now been completed.
It is spending £19 million on a programme of works across its stock to ensure all properties are up to a ‘tolerable level of risk’ by 2012.
Inside Housing’s award winning Safe as Houses campaign was launched in the wake of the Lakanal House fire