City of Lincoln Council has confirmed that cladding used at the Shuttleworth House tower block is fire resistant following concerns from residents after the Grenfell Tower blaze.
So far, 30 people have been confirmed dead and 24 people remain in hospital after a fire ripped through the 24-storey building in West London in the early hours of June 14.
Hi Paul, the cladding used on Shuttleworth House is different to that used on Grenfell Tower.
— Lincoln Council (@lincolncouncil) June 15, 2017
Bob Ledger, strategic director for housing at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the shocking and devastating incident that unfolded in London this morning.
“Our tower blocks have provided a safe environment for tenants for 50 years but there is no room for complacency when it comes to fire safety.
“We would like to reassure tenants that all our fire safety checks are up-to-date and we meet with the fire service regularly to review safety in all our communal housing.
“We have one block in the city with external insulation cladding and the system used features British Standard fire-resistant properties.
“It is too early to speculate on the factors surrounding this morning’s horrific incident, but we will take on board any lessons to be learned as the facts emerge.”
Crews at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are continuing with training on high rise building to ensure the safety of residents around the county.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is also reassuring local people about its prevention and response arrangements for high-rise buildings.
Advice for people living in high-rise accommodation:
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.
- Familiarise yourself with the Fire Procedures – if you don’t know ask your landlord.
- Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there’s a fire in your flat.
- Tell everyone in your home what the escape plan is, and where the door key is.
- Practice what you would do if you had a real fire.
- Make sure exits are kept clear of obstructions, and doors to stairways are not damaged or faulty.
- Use the stairs, not the lift, when leaving the building in the event of a fire.
- In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called 999. Make sure your neighbours know about the fire. Knock on their doors on your way out.