Timber frame fire risk
Published: 20 September, 2010
TAMWORTH: Fire chiefs have called for an urgent review of the Building Regulations following a spate of blazes at sites using timber framed construction.
The Chief Fire Officers Association said: "Large timber-framed buildings under construction pose a significant risk to fire-fighters, construction workers and members of the public."
Fire chiefs have spoken out following blazes at Peckham, Camberwell, and Basingstoke which all resulted in fire damage to adjacent buildings.
They said: "The use of timber frame as a method of construction, together with other innovative construction products and techniques has increased markedly in recent years as an alternative to traditional building construction methods.
"The CFOA is increasingly concerned that a fire involving a timber framed building under construction may result in loss of life.
The latest fire involving a timber framed building occurred on Friday, 10 September and involved a serious fire in a four storey complex under construction at Gershwin Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire where the blaze put neighbouring properties at risk.