Reassurance given following London fire tragedy

FIRE CHIEFS have moved to reassure South Yorkshire residents following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower flats in London yesterday.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said they “would like to reassure local residents that we have established processes in place for ensuring the safety of both residential blocks and commercial premises”.

A spokeswoman added: “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this devastating tragedy in London, as well as our colleagues in the London Fire Brigade who have been working incredibly hard under very difficult circumstances.”

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SYFR’s head of prevention and protection, Steve Helps (pictured), said: “It would not be appropriate for us to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out.

“However, what we do know is that fires of this type are rare.

“Our fire safety officers work closely with Building Control bodies, building owners and local authority partners on a day to day basis to ensure that new buildings, and significant alterations or refurbishments to existing buildings, meet the requirements of the appropriate building regulations.

“They also carry out fire safety audits of buildings to identify any deficiencies, and help those responsible for building safety to comply with their legal obligations.”

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If you have a fire safety concern about a high rise building, you can contact the fire safety team at [email protected].

Anyone living in South Yorkshire can request a free Safe & Well visit by calling 0114 253 2314 or visiting