30 June 2014

Around 35 firefighters and six fire engines battled a fire in a 15-storey block of flats in Wandsworth at the weekend.

Firefighters from Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Fulham, Battersea, Tooting and Hammersmith fire stations attended the fire in south west London, which had broken out on the ninth floor of the tower block.? ?The fire badly damaged the ninth floor dwelling and a man was found with serious injuries after falling from a balcony at the address before the Brigade arrived. London Fire Brigade said that he was treated at the scene by London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service crews before being taken to hospital.

A further 200 people left the block and there were no reports of any other injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The block is one of more than 150 within London that have been involved in a trial partnership between LFB and Local Authority Housing Providers to provide a Premises Information Plate which gives first arriving fire crews building information to improve speed of fire attack and therefore reduce damage and disruption.

For more high rise fire safety information visit www.knowtheplan.co.uk

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.