Firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are encouraging residents in the county to check their fridge-freezers after it was suggested by the Met Police that that the fire in Grenfell Tower may have been started by a Hotpoint fridge-freezer.
Hotpoint has issued a safety alert about the risks of two of its fridge freezers and is urging customers to get in touch if they own an affected product.
The two models are:
* FF175BP (white)
* FF175BG (graphite/grey)
These models were manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.
The model and serial number is usually located on a sticker between the salad containers.
Residents with these items should call Whirlpool Corporation’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer to register their details for further updates.
James Baker, deputy community fire safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue also advises residents to register all household appliances with www.registermyappliance.org.uk, so they can keep-up-to-date with the latest product and safety information.
James said: “It only takes a couple of minutes to register your appliances, for example your fridge, TV, cooker or hoover, and is really easy to do. It will give you the peace of mind knowing that if there is an issue or a problem with a product you own, you will know about it straight away.”
l Note: Please note this story has been updated to reflect a correction issued by Lincolnshire County Council, who oversee Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
A spokesman for the council issued the following statement:
The story we issued on 28 June about Hotpoint fridge-freezers was incorrect. It incorrectly stated that Hotpoint had issued a safety alert relating to two of its models due to fire safety concerns. The story below has been updated to reflect the information provided by Hotpoint. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue apologise for any concern or panic they may have caused.
Hotpoint has provided the below statement: “Words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy. We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved-ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, including the emergency services who risked their lives to extinguish the blaze and rescue those in the building.
“The Metropolitan Police said on Friday, June 23, 20017 that the fire may have started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer (model number FF175BP). We are treating this matter with the utmost urgency and fully cooperating with the Government and emergency services as the circumstances of the fire continue to be investigated.
“We have had an initial meeting with police and a preliminary viewing of a fridge freezer taken from Grenfell Tower. We are unable from that initial viewing to draw any conclusions on how the fire began as we have not yet had the opportunity to conduct the necessary examinations.
“We are committed to finding answers and assisting the authorities investigating this incident. For that reason, we have requested further access to undertake full and rigorous examinations. Under these circumstances, we are unable to speculate on further details at this time.
“Consumers who believe they may own a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or FF175BG should call our freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer so that we can register their details and contact them when further information becomes available.”
We have also updated the story: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshire-fire-and-rescue/fire-and-rescue-news/warning-to-lincolnshire-residents-to-check-their-fridge-freezers/131338.article