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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

High-Rise Warning

03/05/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging Tamworth high-rise residents to be vigilant about anti-social behaviour in their building. The warning follows an incident where a noticeboard inside Townsend House was deliberately set alight.

"Whilst the culprit or culprits may have thought this was an amusing prank, it could have had tragic consequences"

Andy Oakley, Station Manager

The damaged board, in the ground floor lobby of the high-rise block of flats, was discovered on the morning of April 25. The Service carried out a check of the scene and the cause of the fire is reported as malicious. 

Station Manager Andy Oakley said: “Whilst the culprit or culprits may have thought this was an amusing prank, it could have had tragic consequences. Townsend House contains 54 flats and approximately 150 residents and the board may have been set alight at a time when most people would have been at home in bed. 
 
“We don’t wish to unduly alarm residents of Townsend House or of the other five high-rise blocks in Tamworth town centre, but we are asking them to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour. Anyone can do this anonymously via the Crimestoppers line.

“We would also encourage residents to book one of our free Home Fire Risk Checks. This involves firefighters or service technicians making a home visit at a mutually convenient time and advising on potential risk from fire within your home, helping you plan escape routes, advising on fire safety equipment and installing free smoke alarms.”

The Service’s Community Safety Officers will also be calling at the blocks of flats distributing leaflets about the free Home Fire Risk Checks.

The Crimestoppers telephone number is 0800 555 111.

To book a free Home Risk Fire Check call Freephone 0800 0241 999. Firefighters and service technicians carrying out the checks always carry an identity card and travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is available to everyone living in the county. Checks can also be booked online at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp