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Fire protection working well at estate hit by blaze says report
8:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Echo News
A REPORT carried out by an independent building firm into a blaze at Pitsea’s Felmores estate has concluded the incident was a “good example of fire protection working well.”
A report from the Building Research Establishment, commissioned by the Government as part of its research into housing, found little fault with the structures in Bockingham Green.
The review was carried out as a case study by the firm into the fire, which broke in July.
In its conclusion, the firm said: “The incident is a good example of fire protection working well to prevent fire spread between buildings.
“When fire-stopping measures had been put in place, they were successful in preventing fire spread.”
But the report does say the buildings have limited protection between walls of the flats, which led to the fire spreading up towards the roof.
Basildon Council says this problem will be dealt with as part of its £6.2million cladding scheme, which will replace timber with cement on the outside of the buildings.
Phil Turner, the authority’s deputy leader, said: “We are not sitting on our laurels and we have made it clear we will do the work the fire service has recommended, and give local residents peace of mind.”
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