Flats in Northam fire reached 800°C

Daily Echo: The scene inside the block of flats following last night's fire in Northam The scene inside the block of flats following last night's fire in Northam

The fire which broke out in a block of flats night reached temperatures of 800°C, it has been revealed.

Andy Earl, of the fire investigation team, said the blaze, which reached temperatures of 800°C, spread into the stairwell because the door of the flat where it started was left open.

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He said: "The flat has been 100 per cent damaged by fire but the flat next door, although very close, has little damage. That is because when these buildings are built they are engineered for fire separation. The fire remains in the flat and doesn't spread.

The city council runs a 'Stay Put' policy in most of its flat blocks because fire doors will protect the interior for at least an hour.

Mr Earl added: "Anybody who lives in a block of flats with a Stay Put policy should stick to that policy and stay indoors. The fire in the stairwell reached temperatures of 800C, not capable of sustaining human life, so you are safer indoors.

"Stay inside and let us do our work and get you out."

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4:04pm Wed 14 May 14

St.Ray says...

Where are these flats? There are many blocks of flats in Northam. Rreal info please DE
Where are these flats? There are many blocks of flats in Northam. Rreal info please DE St.Ray
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5:04pm Wed 14 May 14

kyrrie says...

St.Ray wrote:
Where are these flats? There are many blocks of flats in Northam. Rreal info please DE
If you had read the earlier article all the information was in there this is a follow up story.
Another great job done by our emergency people. This could have been a disaster if it had not have been for them.
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: Where are these flats? There are many blocks of flats in Northam. Rreal info please DE[/p][/quote]If you had read the earlier article all the information was in there this is a follow up story. Another great job done by our emergency people. This could have been a disaster if it had not have been for them. kyrrie
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5:50pm Wed 14 May 14

icklekat says...

its amazing how no was killed we might take them for granted but got a great fire service xx
its amazing how no was killed we might take them for granted but got a great fire service xx icklekat
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10:47pm Wed 14 May 14

The Phantomerer says...

WHAT IF NOBODY WOULD HAVE BIN THERE THEYWOULD OF BEEN BURNED BUT THE FIREMENS SAVED THEM WELL DONE BRAVE FIREMEN!!!! I HOPE THE POLICE CAN FIND WHO DID IT BECAUSE THEY PUT THE FIREMEN AT RISK TO.
WHAT IF NOBODY WOULD HAVE BIN THERE THEYWOULD OF BEEN BURNED BUT THE FIREMENS SAVED THEM WELL DONE BRAVE FIREMEN!!!! I HOPE THE POLICE CAN FIND WHO DID IT BECAUSE THEY PUT THE FIREMEN AT RISK TO. The Phantomerer
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