Fife Council has expressed its sadness following the tragic fire at Grenfell Flats in London. Our deepest sympathies go to the families and friends of loved ones affected by the tragedy.

John Mills, Head of Housing Services has sought to reassure concerned tenants and residents within our 12 multi-storey blocks in Fife following the tragic fire at Grenfell Flats.

“We cannot as yet have confirmation of the cause of the fire or why the fire has accelerated so quickly to the rest of the block. This will come in due course from the Fire Authorities in London. I can say to our tenants and residents that fire safety is our top priority for any of our houses, and particularly in our multi-storey flats. In the multi-storey flats, we have at least annual fire inspections and safety checks working with Fire Scotland. The last inspections were successfully completed between August – December 2016.”

Tragic events at the 24-storey block of flats, Grenfell Tower in London was gutted by fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is unknown but a number of potential causes have been highlighted including the Gas Heating system, cocners over maintenance, and concerns over the External Cladding that was used on the property.

Fife Council has conducted a series of external cladding upgrades on blocks of flats at Ravenscraig, Kirkcaldy, Broomhead Drive, Dunfermline, and Swan & Memorial Courts, Methil and have active plans to over-clad properties at Forth View and Park View, Kirkcaldy, as part of their bid to tackle fuel poverty across the Fife region.

John Mills continues:

“We are confident our fire safety procedures and over cladding specifications are safe. To reassure tenants and residents further, we have agreed to start a review of our specification for future projects and this will include a review of the existing over cladding that has been used in Fife. We will issue information updates as this review is taken forward.”

Meanwhile Fire Scotland has advised that they maintain operational intelligence on all high-rise blocks in Scotland and that the 12 multi-storey blocks in Fife are covered by nearby fire stations.

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