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Unsafe at any height

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RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 15 Nov 2017 19:34

Coolmoyne House, a high rise block of social housing in Belfast, is on fire.
The residents have been evacuated.

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 15 Nov 2017 19:53

did it have the same outer coating as the one in London?

Nyx

Nyx Report 15 Nov 2017 19:57

Sylvia, this from The Independent about a quarter of an hour ago

"John McPoland, a spokesman for the ambulance service of Northern Ireland, said: “The flats were evacuated by the fire service.

"They went in and were extinguishing the fire in a flat believed to be on the ninth floor.

"Four patients are receiving ambulance assistance at this moment. It appears that everyone has been evacuated.

“Northern Ireland ambulance service were called to the scene at 17.35 by fire and rescue.

"They dispatched five ambulance and emergency crew, five rapid response paramedics, nine ambulance officers, a doctor and two heart paramedics."

According to the Belfast Telegraph, hundreds of residents are now out in the street, with the local community hall operated by Seymour Hill and Conway Community Association opened.

The fire comes months after a local councillor in the area sought assurances that the block was safe following the Grenfell Tower fire."

"In June, DUP Councillor Jonathan Craig said after the fire in London he had concerns about lack of sprinklers and smoke alarms in the hallways.

He also noted that none of the flats had the cladding that existed at Grenfell Tower, though new cladding for the building had been planned in 2015."

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 15 Nov 2017 19:59

Hi Nyx .....

thanks, I found the same report!

I was just coming back to say I'd googled, and the tower did not seem to have the same cladding, though new cladding had been planned in 2015.