21017 – Sprinklers will be installed at Northampton flat block following pressure from tenants over fire safety concerns
A Northampton high rise flat block is having sprinklers installed as “extra reassurance” for residents following the Grenfell Tower fire, it has been revealed. In the past fortnight, there has been mounting pressure for social housing providers across the UK to install sprinkler systems in their high rises following the devastating blaze in London. Locally, Northampton Partnership Homes has faced similar calls from opposition groups on the borough council. Campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were also planning a protest on July 10. But the management company has now announced it will have the system installed at St Katherine’s Court, in St Katherine’s Street, by autumn.
2003 – Flats blaze drama
FIRE chiefs in Northampton believe a blaze that saw more than 30 people evacuated from their homes today could have been started deliberately. Six fire crews were called to St Katherine’s Court, Spring Boroughs, shortly after 1.15am after a chair inside a lift caught alight. The lift, on the fifth floor of the tower block at the time, suffered severe fire damage while six people from the seventh, eighth and ninth floors had to be led to safety by firefighters. A further 25 residents made their own way out.
2011 – Police work with council after third fire in a month at flats
A BLOCK of flats has now become an “arson hotspot” according to a fire chief, following the third blaze in a month. Rubbish in the lobby area of St Katherine’s Court, in Castle Street, Spring Boroughs, was deliberately set on fire at around 8.10pm on Sunday, destroying the interior. It was the third time the Northampton Borough Council-owned block had been targeted in a short space of time, with the first fire on Monday, June 27, at around 10.45pm and the second on Saturday, July 9 at around 5.15pm.