Woman whose high-rise flat was damaged in fire thanks city fire crews with cake in wake of Grenfell

Sprowston Fire Station's 'green watch' crew with Linda Cullum's cake. Ms Cullum is third from left.

Sprowston Fire Station's 'green watch' crew with Linda Cullum's cake. Ms Cullum is third from left. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

Her flat was badly damaged in a tower block fire six years ago.

Earlham Fire Station's 'green watch' crew with Linda Cullum's cake. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue

Earlham Fire Station's 'green watch' crew with Linda Cullum's cake. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

And now Linda Cullum, who lives at Markham Tower in Bowers Avenue, Mile Cross, has delivered cakes to the city's fire service in thanks for their dedication to the job.

Ms Cullum, who works at Tesco in Drayton, made cakes in the bakery there, iced with thank you messages, and delivered them to 'green watch' crews at Earlham and Sprowston fire stations at lunchtime today (Wednesday, June 21).

The gesture was in response to June 14's devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London, which left 79 people dead and another 74 injured.

Ms Cullum said: 'With the Grenfell Tower fire last week, it reminded me what a fantastic job the fire service does and I wanted them to know how much the public appreciate what they do.'


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READ MORE: Eighty firefighters called to fire at Mile Cross flatsMs Cullum's flat was heavily water damaged in the fire on September 26, 2011, and she lived in a hotel for 13 weeks after the blaze.

About 80 firefighters were called to tackle the fire at the 10-storey building, but luckily no-one was injured or had to be rescued.

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Les Britzman, Norfolk's assistant chief fire officer, said he was delighted by Ms Cullum's kind gesture.

Mr Britzman said that over the past week Norfolk Fire and Rescue staff had sought to reassure tower block residents about their fire safety.

He said: 'We appreciate the thought and the show of support for the service from Linda.

'Over the weekend our staff visited 10 high rise blocks in Norwich and King's Lynn to provide advice and reassurance around fire safety, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

READ MORE: Norfolk's assistant chief fire officer describes difficulties crews face when tackling tower block fires'We would remind all Norfolk residents of the importance of regularly testing their smoke alarms.'

Mr Britzman said last week tower blocks were designed to prevent the spread of fire, with many featuring fire and smoke resistant doors.

But he stressed that people should still install smoke alarms in their flats and ensure doors are shut at night.

Do you know about someone who had some something to thank our emergency services? Email reporter Stuart Anderson at stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772588

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