Statement about fire at Turin Street

Posted on Monday 26th June 2017

Emergency services alerted Tower Hamlets Council to a fire at Dickinson House, Turin Street E1 on 24 June.

All 16 dwellings managed by Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) were evacuated by the London Fire Brigade.

A rest centre for residents affected by the fire was quickly set up by the council. Staff from the council and THH provided food, hot drinks, a safe space and support to meet residents’ needs during the evacuation.

We are offering hotel accommodation to everyone who needs it.

The fire brigade is still investigating the cause of the fire, but it is unrelated to the building’s cladding.

The roof of the building has been destroyed and the fire has burned out two flats. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and is now recovering.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“This was a terrible incident caused by what appears to be an accidental fire. “The emergency services, council and THH staff did a great job. The fire was contained and affected residents had a safe place to wait until emergency works were complete. “We will do all we can to ensure affected residents are re-housed quickly and renovation works are underway as soon as possible.”

Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes added:

“Our thanks and gratitude  to the emergency services whose actions ensured there were no serious injuries. The council worked with the fire service and Tower Hamlets Homes  to evacuate all 16 dwellings in the four storey building.“

The Fire Brigade was called at 4.25pm and the fire was under control by 7.30pm.

Posted on Monday 26th June 2017