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  • Fire crews to carry out safety review of high rise blocks in borough

    Ollie Cowan

    FIRE crews are set to carry out urgent safety reviews of the three high rise tower blocks in Southport following the London Grenfell disaster.

    Following the fire at the Grenfell tower block in London where 17 people have been confirmed dead and many more are still missing, Merseyside Fire and Rescue say they are keen to reassure residents that safety reviews of residential buildings in Southport.

    There are fat least five buildings classed as a high rise in Southport Town Centre and each are checked every five years, however following the massive fire which has claimed countless lives in London, fire crews will be bringing forward their safety checks.

    A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue said an inspection of high rises across the region is now a top priority.

    They told The Champion: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service carries out inspections of high rise premises every three years under the Regulatory Reform Order.

    “In light of the terrible events in London we are undertaking a complete review of our inspection processes.

    “We intend to prioritise inspections of high rise premises in Merseyside and we will be introducing this imminently.”

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