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Six towers on high risk fire list

PUBLISHED: 12:39 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 25 August 2010

MORE than 100 residential tower blocks in the capital have been deemed as having high fire risks according to a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.

MORE than 100 residential tower blocks in the capital have been deemed as having high fire risks according to a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.

Six blocks in Greenwich have been rated as having high fire risk in assessments carried out by the council, according to information received by the BBC.

Bexley council was unable to respond to the BBC in time, but has told the Times that none of its 40 tower blocks are rated high risk.

The council also told the Times that none of its tower blocks had invalid risk assessments.

The BBC reported that 71 of Greenwich's 101 tower blocks had invalid fire risk assessments.

Greenwich's 'high risk' blocks are Hewett House in Plumstead, Leclair House in Gallus Square, Kidbrooke, and in Woolwich: Parker House in Brookhill Road; Wilford House and Stirling House in Simmons Road; Parker House in Brook Hill Road; and Muller House in Connaught Road.

Last month firefighters had to rescue a man and a child from a second-floor balcony after their five-room flat caught fire in Marble House, Felsbar Close, Plumstead, at 7am on Monday,

September 21.

At the time of going to press, Greenwich council was unable to comment on the nature of the individual assessments, but a spokesperson told the Times that no residents would be housed in blocks that posed a fire risk.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "Some own and manage their own housing stock while others, like Bexley, have transferred the stock to housing associations.

"We are committed to working with our partners to ensure the safety of all Bexley residents."

Bromley was listed as having no tower blocks by the BBC. The corporation's FOI request comes after six people died in a fire in Lakanal House, Camberwell, in a block which was given medium risk rating.

Now experts consider the building to be unsafe because of the speed at which flames spread during the fire.

The London Fire Brigade has asked to see the list and its spokesperson said: "The regulatory reform order has had a much higher profile recently and we continue to work with those who own or manage properties across the capital to advise them of their legal responsibilities."

Barnet has the most high risk blocks in London with 28, but this is because housing chiefs decided to rate all of their tower blocks as high risk in light of the Camberwell fire.

Hackney has three and Haringey has ten, Hounslow 21, Havering 14, Lewisham has just two, Newham one and Redbrige 14.


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