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London Fire Brigade confirms cause of Shepherd's Bush fire

Product liability team prepares legal action following Shepherd's Bush fire

Appliance fire

6 October 2016

The London Fire Brigade has today announced that a tumble dryer was the cause of a fire which caused huge damage to a block of flats in Shepherd’s Bush, London. The announcement follows an investigation by the fire service into the cause of the fire on 19 August 2016.

The fire began at around 3:50pm and spread quickly. It required 20 fire engines to bring it under control and five floors of the tower block were affected. No one was seriously injured in the blaze.

Fire investigators examined the address where the fire began and following thorough analysis have concluded that an Indesit (owned by Whirlpool) tumble dryer was the cause. The dryer was subject to a Safety Notice and an engineer was due to visit the property just a few days after the fire to carry out the necessary modifications to the appliance.

Solicitor Tom Jervis, of the product liability team at law firm Leigh Day, is representing five families who were affected by the fire, and preparing legal action against Whirlpool.

He said: “We are bringing a product liability case - under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 - on the grounds that the affected machines are allegedly defective. This is a possible group action that would allow other affected people to join.

“This fire has had a huge impact on our clients’ lives and they are all still out of their homes. We are urging Whirlpool to change its advice to avoid the potential of human life being put at risk by any further fires.”

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