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Sprinklers installed eight years after fatal Shirley Towers fire

Sprinklers have been installed at Albion Towers in Southampton Photo: ITV Meridian

Lifesaving sprinkler systems in two high-rise tower blocks in Southampton are finally in place, one year after the Grenfell fire.

Plans to retro-fit them in many more buildings have been accelerated by the city council after the tragedy which claimed 72 lives in London.

Residents at Shirley Towers in Southampton are relieved Credit: ITV Meridian

Sprinklers have been installed at Shirley Towers and Albion Towers and are due to be working in a third block within days.

Similar improvements at another 13 city council high rises will follow, including the 5 blocks at Weston Shore.

Firefighters James Shears and Alan Bannon died in a fire at Shirley Towers in 2010

It comes eight years after firefighters James Shears and Alan Bannon died in a blaze at Shirley Towers.

The coroner at their inquest called for sprinklers to be put into the city's tallest buildings.

Residents are relieved and say it's long overdue.

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Christine spoke to Rebecca Stanton and Jonathan Hayward, Shirley Towers residents, Mark Bradbury from Southampton City Council, Christine Morris, Albion Towers resident and Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing, Southampton City Council.

The work costing £15 milion was planned before the Grenfell fire with the schedule accelerated afterwards.

There have been some tough decisions about priorities in order to pay for the sprinklers.

But residents want the peace of mind they offer and the assurance past tragedies won't be repeated.