Cracks identified by engineers

04 December 2017

Residents of two 1960s tower blocks in Fulham are voicing concerns over fire safety after cracks were discovered in the building's infrastructure.

Structural engineers made the discovery after cutting away concrete from inside an empty flat, exposing cracks where the walls meet the floor.

A fire safety expert speaking to BBC London said the cracking could mean a fire may not be contained, with the smoke and fire able to spread from flat to flat.

According to the report by the BBC, fire wardens are now on 24-hour patrol at the Hartopp Point and Lannoy Point tower blocks, to ensure residents can escape as quickly as possible, should a fire start.

According to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the Brigade will be undertaking safety checks in all flats and new alarms will be fitted in the blocks.

In the BBC report, Labour's Cllr Lisa Homan, Hammersmith's cabinet member for housing, said: "I believe that we've done everything we can to keep residents safe.

“The worst thing we could do is cause panic amongst our own residents and put them out of a home if we can make them safe with fire wardens, extra precautions which is what we've been doing to date.”

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