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Chalcots review: report reveals handwritten note that triggered evacuation

List of fire safety failings is made public for first time

25 June, 2018 — By William McLennan

An independent review of the evacuation of the Chalcots estate was published this afternoon.

The report reveals in detail for the first time the full list of safety failings that were identified by the London Fire Brigade when they inspected the high-rise blocks.

A handwritten note was handed to Camden Council by the LFB on June 23, which is reproduced in full below.

Car Park Fire Stopping
• Fire stopping issues throughout the basement
• Access to main plant room unavailable

Firefighting access/information
• Access to door on roadway, no key
• PIB broken
• Vent panel/keys instructions

Flat front doors
• Fire resistance – notional
• No self closures
• No strips and seals
• No fire resistance above door/fanlight or boarding
• Frame gaps at top of frame at ceiling level
• Cable penetrations through top of frames at most doors

Feed to flats
• At some levels penetrations to from lobby to flat sealed with yellow foam

Electrical risers
• Fires stopping above doors breached on most floors
• Cable trays breach fire resisting enclosure with inadequate fire stopping
• Vertical stopping between floor inadequate
• Combustible storage in some cupboards

Gas risers
• Unclear if shaft is vertically fire resisting
• Compartment floor fire stopping needs survey if enclosure not fire resisting

Lobby/Staircase doors
• Self closures need adjustment
• No strips + seals

Lower/ground floor
• Staircase vent needs to be confirmed re routing requirement
• Walking watch needs to be active/mobile and have tight brief +
communication between each other

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