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    FIRE AT TIMBER FRAME FLATS SITE

    Regulators to meet with UKTFA after timber frame fire

    Inside Housing has reported that fire chiefs are calling for ‘urgent action’ on timber frame projects following a fire in Peckham that affected nearby dwellings and business premises.

    The Chief Fire Officers Association, Communities and Local Government department and the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) and said to be meeting to discuss fire safety issues.

    There were 39 timber frame homes under construction at Peckham. Southwark council established a centre for the hundreds of people who were evacuated when the fire broke out. 

    The UKTFA has offered to assist the investigations and has pointed out that incident is “rare given the number of timber frame sites under construction” and that all developers and contractors must take what actions they can to ensure the security of their sites, particularly in inner city locations or areas vulnerable to vandalism or arson.

    The UKTFA has already published Fire Safety Guidelines which have been drawn up in close collaboration with the fire authorities. The guidelines will be reviewed in the light of any lessons from the Peckham fire.

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