Date: 08/03/2012 Category: Housing and Homelessness
The council has responded quickly to temporarily re-house residents in Gillingham after a fire in a block of flats last night.
The fire service were called to the flats at Redruth Manor, Skinner Street, at around 8pm last night after a fire in an underground store spread up the waste pipes within the building.
There were no injuries caused by the fire and the council's housing officers joined the fire service on site yesterday evening to check all the residents were safe in their properties.
The fire service had to rip out the waste pipes servicing eleven of the flats to extinguish the fire, although no flats suffered any fire damage. The building itself houses around 20 one bedroom flats.
The council is now working with its contractors to reinstate this pipe work in the affected flats as quickly as possible and has offered residents accommodation in a local hotel while this work is being carried out.
Southern Gas Networks initially cut off the gas to four of the flats as a precaution but this is now reinstated. Water supplies to the block are likely to be disrupted during repair works.
Mick Hayward, Medway Council’s interim Assistant Director for Housing, said: “Our priority is to make sure all the residents are safe and comfortable and to get the repair work done as quickly as possible.
“Our housing team have been on site since last night and are in the process of making sure all the residents affected have somewhere to stay tonight and there is as little disruption as possible for them."