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The fire at Grenfell Tower

A major fire broke out overnight at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in West London.  Around 200 firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze.  As of Wednesday (14 June) morning, over 50 people have been taken to hospital and, tragically, a number of fatalities have been confirmed.

Our thoughts are with those affected. Genesis stands ready to help in any way that we can.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has confirmed that a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire will get underway. That will include a review into how the fire was caused and how it was able to spread so rapidly.

In light of this tragic incident, it is only natural that some questions will be asked about whether the fire safety plans in place in some of our own multi-storey tower blocks are as thorough as they should be.

We want to reassure our residents that their safety is taken extremely seriously across Genesis: it is the top priority for our Board and Executive.  

In 2015 we appointed a nationally recognised expert company to complete a comprehensive fire risk assessment programme across our properties. A continuous programme of reviews of fire risk assessments is in place and remedial works identified as a result of the assessments are all programmed in, based on the timescales recommended by the experts.  Our Board has committed £10m to this programme over the next four years. 

Many Genesis residents will also know that we have recently undertaken a major piece of work to ensure all communal areas are kept clear in our residential buildings. That exercise was crucially important - simple measures such as this reduce fire risk. We thank you for your continued co-operation on this matter

Any residents or customers wishing to discuss this matter in detail or who have specific concerns or queries should call our Customer Contact Centre who will be happy to help, on 033 3000 3000.

Residents may also access general fire safety advice by visiting http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/FireSafety.asp

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