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Multi-Storey Housing Block Fire, Longbridge

Update @ 14:30
Housing Officers , contractors and  utilities have worked throughout the morning to assess the damage at Bramber House, cleanse communal areas and get remedial work underway. 
It is estimated that it may take up to 48hrs to restore power to Bramber House.  Local Housing Officers have provided refreshments for residents at a nearby community lounge and have visited all residents to keep them informed about progress with the work that will be required to restore electricity to their homes. Housing Officers are also acertaining their interim requirements for temporary accomodation, some have opted to remain with friends or family. The team is ensuring that any mobility or special needs are addressed. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
All casualties admitted to hospital in connection with this fire have now been discharged.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
At approximately 3:00 hours this morning BRT Duty Officers were notified of a fire in Bramber House, Stokesay Grove, Longbridge. At first reports up to 40 people had been evacuated to nearby Cullmington Hall, a neighbourhood community centre. Four residents were admitted to hospital for observation.

The fire itself commenced in the multi-storey block’s communal area in the electricity mains cupboard and was bought under control relatively quickly allowing residents to return to their flats by approximately 5:00 hours. Some residents had in the meantime found alternative accommodation with family or friends.

The main concern is the fact that the building is now subject to a power outage whilst the cause of the fire is being investigated and electricity supply repaired and restored by the relevant Housing Contractors. It is anticipated that electricity should be back to normal by around lunchtime today.

Cullmington Hall has and will remain open today and residents will be able to access the facility for refreshments. Housing officers will be supporting and advising residents throughout the day.

BRT Duty officers will continue to monitor and liaise with housing duty staff throughout the morning and assist in any ongoing issues. One of the BRT Duty Officers has been at the scene since approximately 4:00 hours this morning.

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