Thursday, 23 February 2017

Blaze at tower block run by ALMO hit with fire demand

A number of residents have been placed in temporary accommodation after fire broke out in a tower block run by an ALMO which previously had an enforcement notice issued against it.

Around 50 residents had to be evacuated after the blaze took hold of a flat in a 17-storey tower block on Abinger Grove, Deptford, on Sunday 6 November.

The block, mermaid tower, is in the same road as Marine Tower where two women died from a fire in February this year.

After the first fire, Lewisham Homes – Lewisham Council’s ALMO - was issued with an enforcement notice by the London Fire Brigade calling on it to improve safety after the service discovered Marine Tower did not comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

The cause of the latest fire is still under investigation, but no fatalities were reported and the blaze is thought to have been confined to a single flat.

Lisa Hicks, station manager,  said: ‘Our crews worked extremely hard to bring the fire under control and to quickly and professionally search a number of floors to ensure that everyone was safe.

‘Fire investigators will be working through the night to try and establish what caused the fire.’

A spokesperson for Lewisham Homes said: ‘A fire started on the 11th floor of Mermaid Tower in Deptford on Sunday afternoon. The London Fire Brigade were called to the scene and all residents were evacuated safely to a nearby community centre.

‘Residents were able to return to their homes late Sunday night and we made alternative accommodation arrangements for four households overnight.

‘We will continue to assess damage to the properties effected by the fire today and ensure that residents can return to their homes as soon as possible.

‘Fire safety is a top priority for us, we fully compiled with the enforcement notice for Marine Tower which was served in February this year and can assure our residents that we carry out regular fire safety checks of all our properties. Working with the Fire Brigade we continue to inform residents on how they can keep safe in their homes.’

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