Rowe Court Fire: ‘No more survivors expected’ after tragic residential fire in Reading

Emergency services at scene of fire on Grovelands Road, Reading

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The blaze in four story flats of Rowe Court started at 03.00am yesterday with one person confirmed dead and two missing. Four people were taken to hospital, while another seven were treated at the scene with some residents seen leaping from the burning building.

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and arson remains in police custody.

In a statement posted on the forces Twitter page, Thames Valley Police confirmed they do not expect to find anyone alive in the flats.

In a statement on Twitter, the force said: “Following an extensive search, during which all rescue opportunities were exhausted, we can sadly confirm that we do not expect there to be any more survivors.

“As confirmed earlier, we know that one person has tragically died. Two people have since been confirmed missing.”

Police also confirmed that they will be retrieving potential human remains today and will assess structural damage.

They added: “We will work to recover any of those people who were inside the building.

“Emergency services will remain on the scene overnight. Tomorrow, work will start to assess the structural damage to the building.”

The Police service has also praised the community spirit in Reading for helping with the operation.

“We’d like to thank the people of Reading and beyond for their co-operation, patience and support at this difficult time.”

Firefighters from The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were on the scene within eight minutes of receiving the first 999 call.

At the height of the fire around 50 firefighters from across Berkshire and Oxfordshire were involved in tackling the blaze.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) sent its Hazardous Area Response, six ambulance crews and two critical care doctors to the scene.

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Grenfell NHS News, a NHS service set up for survivors, witnesses and the bereaved following London’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, posted support details for anyone affected by the Reading fire as well as offering their support.

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