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Fire rips through new Bellway flats

10 June 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Image: London Fire Brigade

Fire has torn through a block of flats in London’s Barking that was recently completed by housebuilder Bellway.

A total of 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to the block on De Pass Gardens where the ground floor to the sixth floor of the block was alight.

Twenty flats were destroyed and a further ten were damaged by heat and smoke.

One man and one woman were treated on scene suffering from smoke inhalation. Fortunately no other injuries were reported, according to the London Fire Brigade.

The brigade was called at 1531 and the fire was under control by 1804.

The fire occurred just weeks after residents on the estate raised concerns with Bellway about the fire safety of wood cladding on the building, following a BBC Watchdog report claiming that some new homes developed by the firm had “potentially dangerous” fire safety issues.

According to a post on the Barking Reach Residents’ Association’s Facebook page, residents were assured that the cladding was fire retardant and therefore safe.

A spokesperson for Bellway said: "We are taking the matter very seriously and working with all parties to help in establishing the cause of the fire."

Comments

Yet again ... either the Building Regs are inadequate, or the supervision (if any) inadequate. In the week of Grenfell Tower TWO YEARS on, when is our industry going to get a grip?

How long before residents can return to what used to be 'home'; Even now Grenfell residents are still in 'temporary accommodation'.

Brian Wood FCIOB, 10 June 2019

Glad I have retired from the industry after 55 years,
professionalisms, experience and quality is shocking and getting worse.

Mervyn Jenkins, 11 June 2019

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