Extensive fire safety checks on St Albans high rise following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London (Picture: Ri

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London (Picture: Rick Findler/PA Wire) - Credit: Archant

St Albans’ only high rise block has undergone extensive fire safety checks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Residents of Telford Court have been reassured that none of the flammable cladding which may have exacerbated the London blaze has been used in the district, and their building is covered in fire-proof concrete poured on site.

Aluminium composite material was fitted to the west London tower as part of refurbishment works last year - when fire spread to the exterior on Wednesday June 14, it engulfed the building in a blaze which burned for hours and killed 79 people.

Following the catastrophe, St Albans district council (SADC) swooped in to carry out safety checks at Telford Court.

Recently re-elected MP Anne Main has also written to both communities secretary Sajid Javid and SADC urging them to review health and safety regulations.

She said: “The fire at Grenfell Tower is one of unimaginable horror, and my deepest condolences are with the victims and their families.

“When tragedies like this unfold we must act to quickly learn our lessons.”

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Noting that it is important not jump to conclusions, she said it is important to wait for the outcome of the public inquiry.

“Since the tragic events of last week, I have had constituents contacting me trying to understand how this could happen, and seeking reassurances. I hope both government and the local authority will be able to provide that message.

“The public inquiry is the right thing to do. The complexity and seriousness of last week’s fire has to be properly understood so it can be properly addressed in the future.”

SADC head of housing Karen Dragovic said officers have been speaking to the Telford Court Residents’ Association and firefighters also visited the block.

“The fire service has re-examined our fire safety advice leaflet that is issued to residents and they did not see the need to make changes.

“Among the actions we undertake at Telford Court is a daily check by caretakers to make sure the exits are clear.

“The alarm system has a daily visual check and a weekly call check and fire extinguishers are tested every six months.

“The council takes its health and safety responsibilities to our tenants and lease holders very seriously and we carry out frequent inspections of all our properties, taking action if a problem is identified. We regularly review and check fire safety measures to see if any improvements need to be made.”