Fire risk checks across Enfield tower blocks in wake of fatal blaze

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

FIRE risk assessments are being carried out in high rise flats across the borough as a safety precaution in the aftermath of the west London tower block blaze.

In addition to the daily inspections of the 54 tower blocks in Enfield a “top to bottom” audit will be conducted by the council over the next few days to ensure all safety precautions have been met.

A council spokesman said:“Following the tragic events in Kensington on Tuesday night, we are arranging a top to bottom inspection and audit of all of our tower blocks as an additional precaution and expect to complete that process in the next couple of days.”

“We have 54 residential high rise blocks in Enfield. These undergo annual fire risk assessment inspections to ensure they are safe.

“In addition to the annual fire safety audits, our caretakers inspect our tower blocks every day as part of their cleaning rota, remove any items from communal areas, check fire doors are safe and report if repairs are required.

“They also liaise with residents and the neighbourhood services team to maintain safety standards, address any matters of concern and take any action required."

Firefighters battled the blaze in the 24-storey residential tower block in north Kensington in the early hours of Wednesday morning in which 17 people so far have been confirmed dead.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

Among the dozens of fire crew called to the scene yesterday (Wednesday) was Daniel Alie, Barnet and Enfield community safety liaison and station manager. “These were unprecedented circumstances,” he said. “The flats were engulfed in flames.”

Mr Alie said he couldn’t give specific advice following the blaze until a ”formal investigation” had been carried out.

“I would stress however that residents adhere to the safety advice given by either the owner or operator of their building.”

Worshippers at a mosque in Ponders End High Street raised £1500 in donations last Tuesday for victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze disaster.

A collection bucket was left outside Enfield Islamic Centre and members including the Imam Muhammed Mohiuddin, distributed donations to the temporary shelters and churches in Kensington.

Bottled water, clothing and disposable cutlery was also donated for the residents affected by the blaze.

“We wanted to make sure the victims knew they weren’t alone,” said Abdul Qader, Treasurer at Enfield Islamic Centre. “It was a very emotional time.”

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