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Fire safety reviews 'already taking place' at Manchester tower blocks

Manchester City Council says reviews are already taking place into fire safety at buildings in the city. Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

Manchester City Council says it has contacted the landlords of all former council tower blocks in the city to ask for reassurances about fire safety.

Following the fire at the Grenfell tower block in London, the council says it wants to reassure residents that safety reviews of residential buildings in Manchester are already taking place.

It says the council's housing management company, Northwards Housing, has already begun fire risk checks of each block it manages to ensure they are robust and that residents know what to do in the event of a fire.

Residents should not be unduly concerned and the reviews of fire safety in Manchester’s residential blocks are a precautionary measure, and we a simply looking for reassurance that the systems in place are as robust as possible.

– Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council

Following the horrendous events at Grenfell Tower this week we have contacted the landlords of former council blocks to request assurance that their fire measures are properly in place.

We are working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue colleagues and we will respond to any advice they suggest as the situation develops, but if you have any concerns please contact your landlord.

– Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council