Residents Had Safety Concerns before Fire
Residents at a block of flats overwhelmed by fires said worries were raised with builders and the council about potential fire hazards.
Twenty flats with wooden balconies were demolished and another 10 smashed in the fire in east London, Barking on Sunday.
Resident Rachel Mendez said that, “The fire feast so quickly. I can’t even describe. It was just an inferno.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the “shocking” fire could have “easily caused in mortalities”.
Mr. Khan said that , “This incident was make a places of interest both City Hall’s total lack of powers over private building owners, and the woefully slow response from the Government and developers to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower – two years on, residents in blocks of flats are still living in fear that their buildings are unsafe.”
More than 100 firefighters controlled the blaze at De Pass Gardens, which spread over six floors, for more than two hours.
‘No fire alarm’
London Assembly member Andrew Boff, who lives nearby and went to help get people out, said that there are no fire alarm sounded during the blaze, which he said was “crazy”.
“At the time, only two floors were burning but when I came out, the entire building there was in fires – maybe something to do with these wooden balconies on the outside.
“I was also hit that there was no fire alarm. The fire alarms do not work”.
“We elevated several issues to the builder, the care companies and the council about the security of having all these wooden balconies,” she said.
“I was in my flat of fourth-floor when the fire was started and we run out.
“The fire brigade came but they found it hard to catch a water supply at first.”
Rachel Mendez, who lived on the third floor, said her life possessions were “all gone”.
“All is completely gone. Every sentimental thing I own has been destroyed. Just gone – like that.
“I am thankful for the fact nobody was injured – or even killed – but I just don’t know what’s going to happen now.
The fire was place out by 18:00 BST and its cause is being investigated.
A man and a woman were treated for the effects of inhaling smoke. No other injuries were reported.
People affected by the fire were told to “take rest” at the Thames View Community Centre – about a mile away from the scene.