Glasgow block blaze shows ‘no scope for complacency’ over fire safety

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a ‘sharp reminder’ against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

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Eight people were injured by the blaze at a block in Gorbals yesterday (June 14)  have been injured after a fire broke out in a flat near the top floor of a Glasgow tower block.

SFHA says the sector as a whole has worked with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, tenants groups and local authorities to reassure residents, and ensure close working with the fire service and strong communication and engagement with residents.

During the last year, SFHA and its members worked with the Scottish Government, in particular in relation to work on high rise fire safety, on plans to increase standards on fire and smoke alarms and engaged with MSPs about future changes in relation to standards.

SFHA CEO Sally Thomas said: “One year on from Grenfell, while our sector in Scotland has high standards we must not be complacent.

“We will continue to work with our members and the sector as a whole, with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that the right advice is available and that investment is put in place where it is needed to ensure tenant safety.”

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