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Derbyshire fire advice after London tower block fire
Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 16:05 by Adam Higgins
Derbyshire News

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is providing advice and reassurance to people concerned about fire safety following a huge tower block fire in London.

At least 17 people are dead and 17 people are in critical care after the unprecedented inferno which has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, west London, since the early hours of Wednesday morning.

It is not yet known what caused the fire but concerns have since been raised about how safe the tower block was and whether similar buildings are at risk.

Area Manager Alex Johnson, who is responsible for community safety in Derbyshire, said in a detailed statement: “We are truly devastated to hear of the fire at Grenfell Tower and our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy and also our emergency service colleagues dealing with such a devastating and complex incident.

“It would be wrong to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out.

“Thankfully fires of this type are rare, however such an incident does cause alarm and raise concerns with people living in similar buildings.

“High-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape. Most fires don’t spread more than one or two rooms.

“I would like to assure everybody that Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service carries out regular inspections of blocks of flats, including Rivermead House, the only high-rise building in Derbyshire, owned and managed by Derby City Council and Derby Homes, which fully complies with current fire safety regulations.

“It is essential that people know what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families. This is particularly important for the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as the over 60s and people with mobility issues.”

The fire service have also issued the following advice for people who live in flats in particular in the wake of the blaze in London:

  • Blocks of flats will have their own fire plan and occupants should make themselves aware of the specific advice that relates to the building in which they live.
  • If there is a fire inside your flat the fire service’s advice is to alert all the people in your flat and leave, closing doors behind you. You should follow your escape plan and if there is lots of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer.
  • Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place. If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors are designed to give you a minimum of 30-60 minutes’ protection from a fire.