Fire safety issues in Fulham tower blocks
HARTOPP POINT and Lannoy Point have cracks in their infrastructure that could mean a fire ‘may not be contained’ and might spread between floors.
Get West London reported on the issues discovered in the two flat blocks in Fulham, where structural engineers found ‘cracks in the flats where the walls meet the floor’. They discovered the cracks after ‘cutting away concrete from inside an empty flat, exposing the cracks, and a fire safety expert stated that the cracks could ‘mean a fire may not be contained, with the smoke and fire able to spread from flat to flat’.
As a consequence, fire wardens are now on 24 hour patrol at the 1960s high rises, to ‘ensure residents can escape as quickly as possible, should a fire start’. One resident, Lexa Reed, stated that she has ‘had concerns since the 1980s’, adding that ‘it always takes a disaster before anything’s done anywhere, doesn’t it?’ She had also written a letter to London fire commissioner Dany Cotton after the Grenfell Tower fire ‘asking for an urgent investigation’ into the blocks’ safety.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council responded by noting that London Fire Brigade will be ‘undertaking safety checks in all flats and new alarms will be fitted in the blocks’, while Lisa Homan, cabinet member for housing, stated: ‘I believe that we’ve done everything we can to keep residents safe.
‘The worst thing we could do is cause panic amongst our own residents and put them out of a home if we can make them safe with fire wardens, extra precautions which is what we’ve been doing to date.’