ALMO to review safety measures after fire
An arm’s-length management organisation is considering putting smoke alarms in the communal areas of a 12-storey block after a fire broke out in a children’s play area.
Twenty residents had to flee from their homes in Overstrand House in Hornchurch, at 4am on Wednesday (24 April) last week.
The fire was contained in the children’s play area, also used as a store room, and 20 London Fire Brigade fire fighters had the blaze under control by 5.07am.
The room itself was smoke damaged but no flats were affected and the residents were allowed to go back to their homes.
The 48-flat block in Sunrise Avenue is managed by PETRA Tenant Management Organisation while ALMO Homes in Havering is responsible for fire safety.
A Homes in Havering spokesperson said: ‘All the flats within the block are fitted with smoke alarms though, in line with current fire regulations, fire/smoke alarms are not currently installed within the communal areas of the building.
‘However, consideration will be given to installation of these in future.’
He said Homes in Havering also carries out regular fire risk assessments and inspections.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.