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IrelandMajor fire-safety problems found in up to 60 apartment blocks in Ireland

22:40  11 march  2019
22:40  11 march  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Major fire-safety problems found in up to 60 apartment blocks in Ireland © PA Grenfell An Irish property management company has said significant fire-safety issues were found in “almost all” of the 60 apartment developments it included in a recent survey of blocks.

The company, Keenan Property Management (KPM), decided to undertake the survey in the aftermath of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, to try and address residents’ concerns about fire safety.

A spokesman for KPM told The Irish Times that the company manages some 20,000 apartments around the country.

Based on its experiences, they estimate that there are likely to be fire-safety issues in between 70 and 80 per cent of the apartment housing stock.

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“We have looked at circa 60 developments, and what we’re finding is inadequate fire alarms, outdated fire-alarm systems, a lack of fire-stopping throughout the building(s),” a spokesman for the company said.

“If you have the fire igniting, the lack of compartmentation adds to the spread, and then poor alarm systems don’t let residents know what’s going on.”

Major fire-safety problems found in up to 60 apartment blocks in Ireland © getty An Irish property management company has said significant fire-safety issues were found in “almost all” of the 60 apartment developments it included in a recent survey of blocks.

The company was also alarmed by a widespread lack of fire-detection technologies in car parks. This represents a particular risk, they said: “You have anything from 20 to 300 cars in the car park all full of fuel, and most of the bin stores.”

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“[People should be] extremely worried,” the spokesman said. “The bottom line is that people don’t know how bad their own buildings are.”

The company said that fire-safety issues are just one of a number of problems that residents are faced with. “The lack of adherence to original planning around fire safety goes hand in hand with poor workmanship – water ingress, poor-quality roofing, poor drainage, design, that kind of thing”.

Last week, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy told the Dáil that “building standards were not complied with during the boom-time years” but that “the difficulty we have is that there is a significant risk to the taxpayer if the Government accepts liability for individual buildings or works”.

“Of course we want to find a pathway to help these people, but it is difficult to see one that does not take on this enormous open-ended liability on every other taxpayer in the State that the State simply could not meet.”

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