Local fire boss reassures public after Grenfell disaster

A Warwickshire fire boss has issued a reassuring message to local residents after the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Andy Hickmott, who is Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer, said: “The incident in London is absolutely devastating.

“My heart goes out to all those involved, to those whose lives have been lost, their families and to our colleagues in London Fire Brigade and other emergency services that are at the scene.

“I would like to reassure residents that whilst this is a horrific incident, this type of fire is extremely rare.”

Hickmott said that high-rise buildings are usually built in a way that prevents flames spreading.

“This is because high-rise buildings are designed to prevent fires spreading through the building with measures like fire-resisting walls, ceilings and doors.

“However, the scale of the fire spread we saw today is unprecedented in the UK and I am sure that any lessons learned will be reviewed nationally.

“Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service work closely with local authorities and landlords of high rise properties to ensure that they are legal and compliant. Based on the events in London, we have today made contact with all local authorities in Warwickshire to offer additional guidance.”

Hickmott recommended familiarising yourself with the escape route in your building, and also recommended this general fire safety advice page.

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