Hartlepool MP care for fire safety checks after London tower tragedy

Hartlepool's new MP says all housing providers in the town should carry out immediate fire safety checks after the Grenfell tower tragedy in London.

Friday, 16th June 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 2:21 pm
Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 14, 2017. More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze and London Ambulance Service said 30 people had been taken to five hospitals. See PA story FIRE Grenfell. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Mike Hill called for the action to be taken to protect residents after at least 17 people perished in the disaster in West London.

Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued advice for people living in high-rise accommodation.

Mike Hill Labour 2017 General Election candidate. Picture Andrew Dorrian

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

And the Thirteen housing group, which manages a number of properties across Teesside and Hartlepool, says it is going to check all 20 of its high-rise buildings as a precaution.

Mr Hill, who was sworn in as Hartlepool’s new MP in Parliament this week, said: “The tragic loss of lives today at the Grenfell Tower block of flats in Kensington London is both regrettable and unnecessary in modern times.

“In Hartlepool we do not have the problem of having high rise flats vulnerable to major fire risks like Grenfell but we do have a high level of properties owned by private landlords and Registered Social Landlords like the Thirteen Housing Group.

“As MP for Hartlepool I am determined to make sure that such a tragedy as Grenfell could never ever happen in our town and so I have asked the Leader of the Council, Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Council’s Chief Executive and Ian Hayton the Chief Fire Officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade to contact all housing providers in the town to undertake immediate fire safety checks in all of their properties.

Mike Hill Labour 2017 General Election candidate. Picture Andrew Dorrian

“We may not have tower blocks in Hartlepool like Grenfell towers but we all deserve to be fire safe in our homes.

“Let’s make it that way for our citizens and our communities.”

Mr Hayton said the brigade’s thoughts and prayers were with all those affected by the tragedy in London.

He said: “Cleveland Fire Brigade understands that residents in our local community who live in high rise accommodation may be concerned for their safety therefore we wish to reassure residents and offer them a Home Fire Safety Visit.

“Residents should note that fires of this nature are extremely rare. High-rise buildings are designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke and provide a safe means of escape for occupants and most fires are contained within the room of origin.

“We work with both partners and housing providers to ensure that these premises comply with fire safety legislation and brigade officers undertake regular inspections of the buildings throughout the Cleveland area.

“It is vital that people know what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families.”