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Chairman offers sympathies after London fire and reassures residents

Chairman of the Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent Fire Authority, Stephen Sweeney, offers sympathies and assures county residents after London fire

“Everyone in the Authority has been deeply shocked and saddened after the fire in Grenfell Tower in London."

Chairman Stephen Sweeney

“Fires like these are thankfully few and far between but that does not minimise the devastating impact they have on the residents, the community and the members of the emergency services.

“I would like commend the amazing work the emergency services in London have done and continue to offer our support and ensure they know our thoughts are with them.

“This is a tragic situation and we cannot speculate as to what the cause of the fire was until the fire investigation has been completed.

“We have 41 buildings in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire which are five or more stories and we want to ensure that the residents of these buildings feel safe and secure. We would urge them to go to the Service’s website for safety information on high rise buildings.

“The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to us in the Authority and at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and we continue to work with several housing associations and housing providers throughout the county encourage them to get sprinkler systems installed.

“Our Firefighters are committed to saving lives and we can imagine the impact of this fire is devastating for the London firefighters, who we remain ready to support in any way possible.”

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