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Fire safety warning to high rise landlords

High rise landlords warned about fire risks Credit: PA

London Fire Brigade is warning landlords of high rise buildings in the capital they must do more to protect their tenants from fire.

New figures reveal there are on average nearly two fires a day in purpose built flats in London, while half of high rise residents are still likely to make potentially lethal decisions in the event of a fire in their block.

The Brigade has produced a new video as part of the Know the Plan campaign.

It was launched following a recommendation to increase public awareness of fire safety for people living in high rise buildings, after the 2009 Lakanal tower block fire in Camberwell, in which six people died.

Firefighters blame government for upcoming strike

The Government has been accused of refusing to negotiate with firefighters ahead of a fresh strike over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for 24 hours from 7am tomorrow, forcing brigades across the country to put contingency plans in place.

The union says improvements have been made in Wales, Scotland and Ireland but not England.

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Investigation under way after industrial site fire

Smoke rises above a warehouse on the industrial site Credit: @LAS_HART/Twitter

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters and officers were called to a blaze at an industrial estate on Orwell Close in Rainham just after 9pm yesterday.

The fire badly damaged a range of single-storey industrial buildings, including units used for glass manufacturing. No one was injured.

Emergency vehicles on the site of the fire Credit: @LAS_HART/Twitter

A cordon was put in place because a number of gas cylinders were involved in the fire. Crews cooled them down as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

Fire engines from Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham, Ilford, Barking, East Ham, Wennington and Harold Hill fire stations were at the scene.

The fire was under control by 3.11am today. The cause is being investigated.

Fire crews on site in Rainham Credit: @LondonFire/Twitter

School ceiling collapses in Chelsea

Part of a school's ceiling has collapsed in Chelsea. The school on Manresa Road is thought to be the private GEMS Hampshire School. No one was trapped by the debris. London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended the scene.

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Five others in hospital after flats were evacuated over chemical fumes

A man's died after a suspected electric shock at a block of flats in south-east London, which was evacuated because of chemical fumes.

Police say he was injured while plumbing work was being carried out at the property in Boulter Housein New Cross last night.

It's not clear exactly what happened, but the Fire Brigade says that the source of the chemical smell was a drain-cleaning product that had been used in a fourth-floor flat.

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Another man, who is also thought to have suffered an electric shock and who was affected by the fumes, is being treated in hospital.

A woman and three children are also being treated for the affects of the fumes.

A next door neighbour had sounded the alarm after he heard the children screaming.

Other neighbours said that they had noticed a strong chemical smell - almost metallic in nature.

All 20 flats in the building were evacuated while the Fire Brigade investigated and residents took shelter in a double-decker bus which had been flagged down by police. Some were not allowed back into their properties until around 4:30am - more than six hours after they'd been forced to leave.

Police are not treating it as suspicious.

Firefighters believe the man may have suffered an electric shock

A man has died at a block of flats in New Cross which was evacuated due to the smell of chemical fumes.

London Fire Brigade believe he may have suffered from an electric shock and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire crews were called to the block on Kender Street shortly before 10pm last night.

A woman and three children, from the flat where the man died, were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of fumes and another man is also believed to have suffered a possible electric shock.

Firefighters say the chemical smell probably came from drain cleaning products being used by a flat on the fourth floor.

Around 100 people were evacuated from the block as a precaution.

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