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Humberside response to Grenfell Tower fire

Following the horrific scenes in London, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service is providing advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about the safety of high-rise buildings.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell wants to reassure anyone living in similar properties across the Humberside area. He said: “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

“The fire crews and emergency services have had a long night and their work will continue for many days to come. It would be wrong to speculate about the cause until a full investigation has been carried out by the appropriate authorities in London.

“On a local level, what we do know is that fires of this type are rare. 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.

“Our public safety teams work closely with partner agencies and housing associations to help them put measures in place to make these buildings as safe as possible. Our crews also train regularly at these locations to familiarise themselves with the layout of the buildings and the obvious challenges faced at fire incidents. However, it is vital that residents remember exactly what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families.

“All buildings of this type will have their own unique evacuation plan and residents should familiarise themselves with these and check that smoke alarms in their own properties are fitted and working.”