Fire service reassures tower block residents in Chester


Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

Tenants in Chester's high-rise tower blocks will be visited by fire chiefs in the wake of the Grenfell Towers inferno.

At least 17 people were killed in Wednesday's blaze, which engulfed a 24-storey highrise in West London.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public enquiry into the fire and how it was able to spread so quickly, claiming so many lives.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said they would be carrying out visits to similar properties across the county to reassure those living in them.

A spokesman said: “Every high rise is regularly inspected for fire safety by the service’s prevention and protection teams, accompanied by operational firefighters, and these teams will be visiting all of them over the course of the next few days to provide reassurance to residents.

“The service places a high priority on operational training for all incidents including high-rise accommodation buildings.

“This training is given to all operational firefighters and incident commanders as well as to new recruits who also visit high- rise blocks as part of their initial training.”

There are 21 high rise blocks across Cheshire, including several in Chester.

The spokesman added: “If any Cheshire resident has any concerns about the property they live in, they should contact, in the first instance, their housing association or building management. They will carry out full fire risk assessments which will include advice for residents in the event of a fire.”

The Lord Mayor of Chester has sent a message of condolence to those affected by the Grenfell Towers blaze.

Cllr Razia Daniels, writing on behalf of the city of Chester, said: “I’m saddened by the news that people have lost their lives, lost family members, been injured and lost their homes and all their possessions in this horrific incident.

“It must have been terrifying for those who were caught up in the harrowing fire and for the members of public who came to the aid of those who were trapped. 

“I’d like to praise the emergency services who came to the aid of those injured, dying or those who were trapped by the fire. 

“They have, yet again, shown such bravery and resilience, and put their own lives at risk to save others.

 “It is also heartening to see the community and local businesses coming together to support those impacted by the terrible incident.

 “My heart goes out to all the victims on this sad day.”

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