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
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
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
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