At the end of October firefighters were called to a fire in a building on an industrial estate in Alperton, found to be housing 50 people. The fire was tackled successfully and no fatalities occurred. On inspection the building, which had 17 separate rooms, was found to have severe flaws in the fire safety precautions.
On the site a total of six buildings providing accommodation for 150 people, including some children, were discovered. The breaches that were found ranged from inadequate means of escape to missing compartmentation between floors. A more serious fire could have swept through the building in a short time and the residents would have found it very difficult to escape from such a scene.
London Fire Brigade enforced prohibition notices on all six buildings after the discovery of what they believe to be the worst fire safety risks they have ever seen.