As a major fire in Crewe devastated a retirement complex, fire tank services companies were warning property owners to consider water storage facilities. More than 150 people were evacuated as firefighters battled to save the building. Part of it has said to have collapsed and residents have been moved into temporary accommodation or a crisis centre.
Fire chiefs said their priority was to save neighbouring buildings as the blaze consumed the building. Just nine years old, the development comprised one and two bedroom flats. Some of the residents have lost everything in the fire and the public have set up collection points for donations to help those who have been left with just the clothes they were wearing.
Fire tank services and protecting the vulnerable
Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s leading name in fire tank services, says developers looking to build retirement complexes should carefully consider site layouts, positioning of lifts and the installation of automatic sprinklers. A spokesman said: “This was a really big fire and people’s lives have been devastated. At this stage, we don’t know if the building was equipped with automatic sprinklers, so we cannot comment on the specifics of this fire. However, we urge all building owners with elderly or vulnerable residents to invest in modern fire fighting equipment – including a fire tank, so water is immediately available for sprinkler systems at all levels.
“Retirement complexes are a popular accommodation choice for the retired. The climate since the complex in Crewe was built has changed. We have had the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower and newer building owners should be clued up on how a small fire in one section of a building can quickly spread.”
More information about fire tank services
Nationwide Water Solutions provides fire tank services across the UK. It installs, maintains and refurbishes tanks used to store water for sprinkler systems. For further information, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.