High-rise blocks on 24-hour fire risk alert

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Rachel Wat­son Deputy Scot­tish Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

ROUND-THE-CLOCK checks of two hous­ing blocks in Glas­gow have been in­tro­duced after ex­ten­sive Gren­fell-style cladding was found on them.

Fears have been raised over the ma­te­rial’s fire re­sis­tance and safety mea­sures have been put in place at the prop­er­ties.

A let­ter from hous­ing Min­is­ter kevin Ste­wart con­firmed that 24 pri­vately owned tower blocks in the city con­tain cladding sim­i­lar to that blamed for the Gren­fell tower blaze.

Glas­gow city coun­cil has claimed that 22 of the build­ings are low risk, but two are viewed as hav­ing ex­ten­sive cladding.

Po­lice be­lieve at least 80 peo­ple were killed in the fire that en­gulfed the Gren­fell flats in lon­don on June 14.

Fol­low­ing the blaze, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment or­dered a review of all high-rises. No coun­cil-owned build­ings north of the Bor­der were found to have the com­bustible cladding, but a num­ber of pri­vately owned prop­er­ties in Glas­gow were thought to be at risk.

Now of­fi­cials have iden­ti­fied two high-rise blocks which re­quire ad­di­tional sup­port, though they have not made public their lo­ca­tion.

If there were an in­ci­dent at the blocks, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) would send an in­creased re­sponse and res­i­dents have been ad­vised that in the event of a fire they should evac­u­ate the build­ing rather than re­main in their homes.

the blocks’ fac­tors have also in­creased concierge and se­cu­rity staff at the two prop­er­ties so that at least three peo­ple will be on duty 24 hours a day.

Mr Ste­wart said Glas­gow city coun­cil (Gcc) of­fi­cials are ‘clear that the safety of res­i­dents in these build­ings is a pri­or­ity’.

he added: ‘Gcc will seek to reach agree­ment with own­ers and fac­tors on the re­moval and re­place­ment of the ma­te­rial used in the cladding sys­tem.

‘they will pri­ori­tise any re­quired ac­tions, work­ing with own­ers and fac­tors and the SFRS, to en­sure a sat­is­fac­tory con­clu­sion is reached. the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have of­fered the coun­cil on­go­ing sup­port.’

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