High rise res­i­dents stress wor­ries over ‘stay put’ ad­vice

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Perth’s high rise ten­ants have re­acted with hor­ror to the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s in­sis­tence that “stay put” re­mains the best ad­vice in the wake of a fire.

An­gry el­derly res­i­dents sug­gested the rec­om­men­da­tion was as good as “stay and burn” dur­ing a meet­ing at the Mer­cure Ho­tel, an ac­cu­sa­tion de­nied by fire chiefs.

The event had been or­gan­ised by the fire ser­vice and Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil in an ef­fort to al­lay fears.

Res­i­dents of Mar­ket, Milne and Lick­ley Courts, Po­mar­ium Street and Pot­ter­hill flats were all in­vited.

Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue’s Richard Stroud told those gath­ered: “The best ad­vice the fire ser­vice can of­fer is still to stay in your flat, close all the doors and call us. We will be there in min­utes.”

He warned about “mak­ing as­sump­tions” about what had taken place at Gren­fell Tower but said there ap­peared to have been fac­tors there that made the blaze un­usual.

“No one is hid­ing the fact that the fire at Gren­fell Tower went up the out­side of the build­ing,” he said.

“When you look at the im­ages and how it spread you can see that it was in a com­part­ment (a sin­gle flat) and it then left that com­part­ment and went out­side and then up the ex­te­rior of the build­ing.

“How­ever, the ad­vice is still to re­main in your flat. You will have 30 min­utes’ ex­ter­nal fire pro­tec­tion.

“We carry out quar­terly and an­nual tests at each of the blocks in Perth to en­sure we can gain easy ac­cess and make sure we can get to ev­ery level.”

One el­derly res­i­dent chal­lenged him, say­ing: “You are sug­gest­ing that we just stay in our homes and burn.”

Mr Stroud replied: “That is not at all what I am say­ing.”

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