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Dartford council assures residents of safety in wake of Grenfell Tower fire

PUBLISHED: 16:20 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:46 20 June 2017

Dartford town centre

Dartford town centre

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The fire broke out on Wednesday, June 14

Residents in shock over the tragic Grenfell Tower fire which is feared to have killed at least 79 people have been assured of the safety of Dartford’s council housing.

In the wake of the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday, June 14, the council has confirmed materials used in existing housing stock around the borough meet current fire safety standards.

A council spokesperson said: “The terrible consequences of the fire at Grenfell Tower have shocked us all and our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and those who have had their lives devastated.

“Our thoughts are also with the emergency services as they fulfil their extremely difficult, and undoubtedly distressing, task in the coming days and weeks.

“As a council we therefore feel it appropriate to re-assure our tenants and leaseholders that, as a responsible landlord, the council takes your safety extremely seriously.

“Even though Dartford council does not own or manage any high rise blocks we can state that based on the current information from the scene all cladding/insulation work that we have directly delivered, or overseen, to housing stock in the borough does not involve systems of the same design, manufacture or materials as fitted at Grenfell Tower.

“Our main priority is always of course to prevent fire but we also have processes in place to ensure that means of escape and other fire precautions are kept constantly under review and our officers carry out regular inspections of all our communal blocks. These checks are always undertaken in accordance with statutory health and safety legislation and council policies.

“Although advice is given to occupiers, and is always available, we will be reissuing guidance to our tenants and leaseholders that reside in properties with communal areas.

“At the moment the emergency services are continuing with the recovery at the site and will in time determine the cause of the horrific fire that has shocked us all but looking ahead, and as responsible landlord and council, you can be assured that any recommendations that come out of the investigation, that further help to make sure our properties are as safe as possible, will of course be carefully considered.”

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