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.