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Fire Investigation Outcome - Rivermead House, Derby

A joint investigation into the cause of a fire at Rivermead House in Derby has concluded.  

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time; however, the source of the ignition remains inconclusive.  

Firefighters were called to the 12-storey residential building on Bath Street at 15.33 hours yesterday (12 July) following reports of a fire on the balcony of a fourth floor flat.  

Crews from Nottingham Road, Kingsway, Ascot Drive with an Aerial Ladder Platform, Duffield, Alfreton, Long Eaton and Nottinghamshire’s Highfields Fire Station attended the incident.  

Two breathing apparatus and one main jet were used to extinguish the fire, which had spread to a neighbouring balcony.  

Residents in the building were evacuated for safety reasons during the incident and the road was closed. 

No one reported suffering any injuries.  

A Derby Homes spokesperson said: “We were on site whilst emergency services carried out their investigation and spoke to a number of residents to reassure them. Should anyone have any concerns, we’d encourage you to speak to us directly.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following advice: 

  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of your property.  

  • Test your smoke alarms weekly.  

  • Ensure you have a pre-planned and practised escape plan 

  • If a fire occurs, don’t tackle it yourself. Get out, Stay Out and Call 999. 

For more information about keeping safe in the home, visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk