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UK News Bolton fire: Warnings were issued over laminate used in student housing block

04:40  18 november  2019
04:40  18 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Investigations into the fire are ongoing. However, the building is believed to have been covered in a form of high-pressure laminate (HPL) material. In the wake of the Bolton fire , Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has urged all residents of high-rise properties to take safety precautions.

An investigation has been launched into the cladding used on the Bolton student accommodation that caught fire on Friday night, after safety campaigners warned the blaze had echoes of the Grenfell tower fire of 2017. The blaze quickly gutted the top floor of the building and caused substantial damage

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The Government was warned that the type of cladding on a student housing block in Bolton posed a fire risk, months before the blaze.

Two people were injured in the massive blaze at the accommodation building in Bolton, Greater Manchester on Friday.

Investigations into the fire are ongoing. However, the building is believed to have been covered in a form of high-pressure laminate (HPL) material.

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In July, an advisory note from the Government’s expert panel on fire safety concluded that some forms of HPL panels were "very unlikely to adequately resist the spread of fire", The Independent reported.

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Concerns have been raised over the cladding at a student accommodation building in Bolton “It brings back memories of Grenfell and we can’t believe that over two and a half years later this is It is not yet clear which of these materials was used . Fire officials said the building did not have the same

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It urged building owners to "immediately take action" and carry out work "to remediate unsafe HPL [panels]... as soon as possible.”

However, the note added that removal of HPL panels was not a top priority as the panels were "not as high a risk" as the aluminium composite material (ACM) panels that were used in Grenfell Tower.

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Extra precautions

In the wake of the Bolton fire, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has urged all residents of high-rise properties to take safety precautions.

A spokesperson said: “Understandably people in high-rise buildings will be worried about the safety so we have advice on our website for Greater Manchester residents living in high-rise buildings.

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  Student flats operator ‘committed to help’ inquiry after Bolton blaze Witnesses said what appeared to be a small fire ripped across and upwards within minutes.The Cube building in Bolton, which houses more than 200 students at the University of Bolton, did not have the same type of cladding that combusted in the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017 and is fitted with high-pressure laminate (HPL) coloured panels.

A fire that swept through a student housing block in Bolton has raised fresh concerns over flammable cladding on residential buildings, more than two years after the Grenfell Tower blaze cost 72 lives. Witness reports suggested the blaze at the Cube building on Friday travelled rapidly over the

Two people have been injured in a large fire at a student accommodation building in Bolton amid rising Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire on the top floors of a six-storey building known as the It is not yet clear which of these materials were used . ACM panels are filled with polyethylene

"Our advice is to find out the evacuation strategy for their building, which should be clearly displayed in the building – if it isn’t then you should contact your landlord or managing agent.”

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Complete failure

The Fire Brigades Union has called for a complete overhaul of UK fire safety.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “My congratulations go to the crews on the ground who did amazing work in incredibly difficult circumstances. This terrible fire highlights the complete failure of the UK’s fire safety system.

"It’s deeply troubling to see fire spread rapidly up a building’s exterior again - a shocking indictment of the Government’s shameful inaction after Grenfell. This is not how any building should react to a fire in the 21st century, let alone a building in which people live.

"We need to end the deregulation agenda and the disastrous cuts to our fire and rescue service. It's time for a complete overhaul of UK fire safety before it’s too late.”

Here Are The Fire Safety Issues Still Unresolved More Than Two Years After Grenfell

  Here Are The Fire Safety Issues Still Unresolved More Than Two Years After Grenfell A fire at a student accommodation block in Bolton has brought into sharp focus a series of major fire safety concerns that are still unresolved more than two years after the Grenfell disaster. The Cube building, which housed more than 200 students at the University of Bolton, did not have the same type of cladding that combusted in the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017: instead, it is fitted with high-pressure laminate (HPL) coloured panels. ButThe Cube building, which housed more than 200 students at the University of Bolton, did not have the same type of cladding that combusted in the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017: instead, it is fitted with high-pressure laminate (HPL) coloured panels.

The government was today accused of a "cladding lottery" as pressure turned on Boris Johnson over a massive fire in a block of student flats. Bolton 's head of high-rise housing blasted the "crisis" as local chiefs said The Cube was coated in "concerning" cladding - but did not qualify for government

An investigation is under way into the cause of a large fire at a student accommodation block which spread “extremely The top floor of the Cube, which houses students from the University of Bolton , was gutted and the fourth Grenfell United raises concerns over cladding after Bolton student fire .

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham told the Manchester Evening News on Saturday: "I'm sure there will be many people living in buildings with cladding today who will be very worried about what they saw last night and will be wondering about their safety and the safety of their children.

"We know that the Prime Minister is visiting today and we will be looking to him to understand the implications of what happened last night and to see if we now need to go further to remove cladding that's on other buildings and give those families piece of mind that they probably don't currently have."

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