Fire­fighter visit ev­ery four hours for at-risk high flats

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FIRE­FIGHT­ERS are car­ry­ing out “reg­u­lar site vis­its” to blocks of flats in Glas­gow over fears about ma­te­rial used on the build­ings.

Two prop­er­ties at the Glas­gow Har­bour de­vel­op­ment on the banks of the River Clyde are be­ing checked by fire­fight­ers “ev­ery four hours”.

Res­i­dents say the roof and lifts of the up­mar­ket prop­er­ties near Partick are caus­ing con­cern to fire­fight­ers. The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice could not con­firm how of­ten the prop­er­ties were checked or if 24-hour fire war­dens were em­ployed.

As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer David McGown said two prop­er­ties iden­ti­fied by the city coun­cil which re­quired reg­u­lar vis­its.

He said: “As part of a pack­age of re­as­sur­ance mea­sures, fire­fight­ers are con­duct­ing reg­u­lar site vis­its at both th­ese prop­er­ties. Our com­mu­nity ac­tion teams are also of­fer­ing res­i­dents free home fire safety vis­its.

“I would re­mind all com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land that we are here to sup­port them through such vis­its where fire­fight­ers will pro­vide safety ad­vice and guid­ance on what to do in the event of an emer­gency.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil con­firmed sam­ples of the fab­ric of the build­ing had been taken.

One res­i­dent said: “The cladding in my block and one other has no fire re­sis­tance at all. We now have two 24-hour fire war­dens and four-hourly vis­its from the fire bri­gade.”

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