Buildings inspections and reassurance across Fenland and the county following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

PUBLISHED: 16:18 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:18 28 June 2017

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Chris Strickland

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Chris Strickland


Local authorities and the emergency services have been busy visiting buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy with one Fenland landlord being told to take action.

So far Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue’s fire protection team have visited 40 blocks of flats, checking communal areas such as stairwells and exit routes and in some cases auditing fire risk assesments.

Fenland District Council have made a formal return to Communities and Local Government confirming the council has no housing in tower blocks in the area .

But a council spokesman said: “We have carried out a joint inspection with the Fire authority of three private rented sector properties containing a total of 20 flats.

“One building had a pebble dash cladding and insulation, of which the insulation is being tested by the fire authority. The relevant advice will be given to the landlord/owner and action taken as required. The other two buildings inspected were brick built construction.”

Meanwhile a spokesman for the Active Learning Trust which runs the Neale-Wade Academy in March confirmed they had checked the cladding on the school building in Wimblington Road.

He said: “The cladding used on the Neale-Wade school building conforms with current British Standards for fire safety. As central government has advised, the Department for Education is in the process of reviewing fire safety measures in schools; the Active Learning Trust has already participated in this review and is of course fully supportive of any further measure to ensure pupil and staff safety.”

The school is also fitted with a sprinkler system.

Chief Fire Officer for Cambridgeshire Chris Strickland said: “�We want residents in Cambridgeshire living in high rises to continue to feel safe in their homes. Fires of the magnitude of Grenfell Tower are extremely rare; in fact it was unprecedented in the UK.

“Mid and 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�further than one or two rooms. It is vital that people know exactly what to do in the event of a fire and as far as possible, put measures in place in their homes to prevent a fire.”

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