Council reassures tenants following tragic fire in London

Archived news: published on Thursday 15 Jun 2017 by Fife Council

Fife Council has expressed its sadness following the tragic fire at Grenfell Flats in London.  Our deepest sympathies go to the families and friends of loved ones affected by the tragedy.

John Mills, Head of Housing Services has sought to reassure concerned tenants and residents within our 12 multi-storey blocks in Fife, following the tragic fire at Grenfell Flats. 

“We cannot, as yet, have confirmation of the cause of the fire, or why the fire accelerated so quickly to the rest of the block.  This will come in due course from the Fire Authorities in London.  I can reassure our tenants and residents that fire safety is our top priority for any of our houses, and particularly in our multi-storey flats. 

“In the multi-storey flats, we carry out at least annual fire inspections and safety checks, working with Fire Scotland.  The last inspections were successfully completed between August –December 2016.

“To tackle fuel poverty and enhance the insulation of our multi-storey flats, Fife Council has worked through a programme over the past few years to over clad the blocks of flats at Ravenscraig, Kirkcaldy, Broomhead Drive, Dunfermline, and Swan and Memorial Courts, Methil.  We have plans to over clad properties at Forth View and Park View, Kirkcaldy. 

“The over cladding materials used are either a Rockwool insulation board, or a phenolic board, both of which achieve a Class O fire rating, confirming that the materials are non-combustible and do not promote flame spread.

“We are confident our fire safety procedures and over cladding specifications are safe.  To further reassure tenants and residents, we have agreed to start a review of our specification for future projects, and this will include a review of the existing over cladding that has been used in Fife.  We will issue information updates as this review is taken forward.”


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