Sprinklers saved my mum’s life – every tower should have them after Grenfell tragedy

A bedridden pensioner’s life was saved by a sprinkler put in after the Grenfell horror.

A fire in Eunice Kelly’s flat was contained before it could spread to the other 57 in her block, averting a possible disaster.

Now her family has backed the Daily Mirror’s call to have sprinklers installed in all the UK’s high-rise housing.

Eunice, 82, is believed to have set fire to her bed as she smoked in her ground-floor flat, but the flames were doused and she had only minor burns.

Daughter Angela Barton, 59, said: “I could’ve been organising a funeral. All blocks need sprinklers. That is what saved mum.”

Firefighters raced to the 10-storey Enfield House in Eccles, Gtr Manchester, at 3.45am on June 8.

The building is run by For­Housing group, which spent £5million on sprinklers in its 17 tower blocks after Grenfell. Assets director Mark Lowe said: “This single situation has made the investment worthwhile.”

Mark Lyons, of Protect24, which put in the system, added: “Sprinklers save lives. We believe every high-rise should have them.”

The Mirror launched its Grenfell: Never Again campaign this month, two years on from the fire that killed 72 in West London.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sprinklers-saved-mums-life-every-17267353

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