West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice for tenants of high-rise tower blocks following a suspected arson attack in the city earlier today.
Area Commander Ben Brook said:
“We understand that around 750 people live in the tower block, but that no-one was injured. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last month, today’s incident was understandably shocking for everyone concerned. Our firefighters will be carrying out Safe and Well checks for residents of Cleveland Tower and providing reassurance."
"I would urge all residents of high-rise blocks, in the West Midlands and across the country, to make themselves aware of the evacuation procedure that applies in their building. This should be communicated by the landlord."
“It is also important that lobbies, stairwells and communal areas are kept free of clutter and combustible materials. I urge everyone living in tower blocks to have a plan of what to do should a fire start in their own flat or elsewhere in the building.”
The following advice has been issued in case there’s a fire in your flat:
- Plan and practise an escape route with anyone you live with – it’s usually your normal way in or out
- Close doors behind you as you leave activate the fire alarm if you can do so safely
- Don’t use lifts to get out
- Stay out the building
- Call 999If there’s a fire in another part of the building
- know your landlord’s advice, which may be ‘stay put’ or evacuate
- Fire safety standards mean individual flats should be safe from fire for 30-60 minutesIf you do stay put
- Call 999
- Use wet towels or sheets to fill gaps around doors and seal out smoke
- Smoke rises, so stay low if there’s no smoke outside,
- Open a window slightly to let smoke out but try to avoid breaking the window as you might need to close it later.
Volunteers who've painstakingly constructed a replica Anglo-Saxon house in Nottinghamshire have been left devastated after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
The wooden hut known as a Grubenhaus was found burnt to the ground at Skylarks Nature Reserve close to the Holme Pierrepont Country Park near Nottingham.
The building was designed to match the archaeological remains of a wooden structure previously unearthed at the site. The team of volunteers built it by hand using traditional methods dating back nine hundred years. They had been working on the project for eighteen months.
Police are investigating the fire. The Trust say they won't be beaten by the vandals and will continue the project undeterred.
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More than 100 firefighters attended the fire on Wobaston Road in Fordhouses during the night on Wednesday 25 January.
The fire involved an entire factory and its stores of paper, plus a significant amount of stored chemicals.
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“Due to the swift and professional actions of fire crews, working in a very hazardous environment, we have been able to prevent the fire from destroying surrounding businesses and ensure nobody was hurt.”
The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and an investigation is on-going.
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Crews from West Midlands Fire Service were called just before midnight to the fire at the site on Trinity Street.
The fire service said there was no toxic smoke, but are advising people to keep doors and window closed as a precaution.
They tweeted the fire is now being scaled down:
Oldbury recycling fire now being scaled down. Some crews will remain working with onsite workers to clear the area https://t.co/1bCUZavXMB