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London Assembly demands fire safety probe

The London Assembly has called for an inquiry into fire safety in residential construction following a string of incidents, including two fires involving partially-completed timber-frame structures, in the capital.

In passing the motion, which was backed unanimously by the Assembly, members also highlighted the 2006 Colindale fire, in which a six-storey timber-frame building under construction burnt to the ground in a matter of minutes.

Earlier this month more than 75 firefighters were called out to a Green Acre Homes building site in Camberwell Station Road, Southwark, south London, after a blaze broke out. The same company had suffered a fire at a half-built block in Peckham only six weeks earlier.

Assembly chairman Darren Johnson added: “The tragic deaths of six people at the Lakanal House fire last July and a series of recent blazes involving timber-framed buildings have all too graphically highlighted the vital importance of fire safety when designing and building people’s homes.”

The Assembly has asked the planning and housing committee to begin a probe into issues around fire safety in buildings and whether changes to building regulations are required.