Fire safety checks are being carried out at more than 100 commercial buildings in the county following the Grenfell Tower blaze in London.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service checked all residential buildings more than 18 metres high – nine tower blocks in Norwich and Granary Court in Baker Lane, King’s Lynn.

All the blocks were found to be compliant and the teams have now said they are “confident” about the safety of Norfolk’s residents.

The teams have since been working closely with other organisations to check mid-rise blocks and other buildings, including commercial premises, schools and hospitals.

The fire service is currently working through a list of more than 100 commercial buildings and each will be given extra checks.

Garry Collins, head of fire protection and prevention at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Grenfell Tower incident has given us a heightened area of focus and we have looked at and reviewed the risk in buildings across Norfolk as a result.

“The safety of Norfolk’s communities is at the forefront of our work and these building health checks have been valuable in confirming our building safety across our county. We are not resting on our laurels since we completed the initial residential checks and are now heavily focused on ensuring the safety of commercial buildings, with the full support of all partners.

“Members of the public can help to reduce these fire risks by taking measures in their homes such as installing smoke alarms and testing them weekly – statistics show residents are more than twice as likely to die in a house fire if a smoke alarm is not fitted.

“A smoke alarm provides a prompt early warning while a fire is in the early stages of development.”

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