YEP Says: Action has to follow report on fatal flats fire

The scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. PIC: PA
The scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. PIC: PA
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within hours of the London tower block fire being reported the YEP was receiving calls and emails from concerned readers in Leeds, who now feared for their own safety in event of a similar blaze.

That’s hardly surprising given the truly shocking scenes and harrowing accounts that were coming to light throughout the day yesterday.

It’s horrific to watch and would make anyone question their own safety living in similar cirumstances.

The how’s and the why’s were being asked before the flames had had chance to die down. These came alongside reports that fire crews could not reach the blaze, could not reach those trapped, that there was just one way out and that advice to residents in event of fire is to stay put unless the fire is in their home.

A fire door should keep the fire out for an hour. This is common advice, but who would trust it now? In 2009, following the fatal Lakanal House fire in south London, a review of building regulations was promised – it still hasn’t happened.

Tenants at the flats in Bramley are still waiting for action months after a fire outside their block and residents across Leeds want reassurance that fires safety checks will be carried out immediately.

Inquiries and reviews have to be followed by action or they are worthless.

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