Eight in hos­pi­tal af­ter two more blazes

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND - By Cyril Dixon

EIGHT peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal and dozens more evac­u­ated yes­ter­day as two tower blocks burst into flames on the first an­niver­sary of the Gren­fell tragedy.

Res­i­dents told of their fear of suf­fer­ing the same fate as the Gren­fell vic­tims af­ter the sep­a­rate dra­mas at op­po­site ends of the coun­try.

In Lewisham, south-east Lon­don, evac­uees at 20-storey Roma Corte com­plained that they had not heard a fire alarm af­ter the blaze broke out.

They said they first be­came aware of the dan­ger af­ter hear­ing passers-by shout­ing warn­ings af­ter the flames were spot­ted at about 4am.

Alix Mabon, 25, said: “The first thought that came into my head was, ‘Oh my God, we’re go­ing to be the next Gren­fell.’” Christoph Mayr, 32, said: “Ev­ery­one was pretty shocked that there were no alarms.”

Lon­don Fire Brigade said the Lewisham fire started on the 13th floor and was sup­pressed by a sprin­kler sys­tem.

Mean­while, eight peo­ple were treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter es­cap­ing a fire at Com­mer­cial Court, in the Gor­bals dis­trict of Glas­gow. Twelve fire crews, po­lice and other emer­gency ser­vices raced to the build­ing af­ter smoke was seen com­ing from the 14th floor at about 8am.

Eliot Brown, 19, who was evac­u­ated from his flat on the 13th floor, said: “I woke up and opened my eyes and saw smoke ris­ing past the win­dow.”

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said the Glas­gow blaze started in a kitchen.

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