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Royal Clarence fire report to be reviewed

It was criticised for not being carried out independently

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that its report into the devastating fire on Cathedral Yard will be reviewed. 

It has asked the National Fire Chiefs Council to peer review the report and its findings after widespread criticism. 

The service says this will give them: "...an independent view from people who understand operational tactics and reporting."

The NFCC is currently looking at all the documentation about the incident and may also interview key members of staff involved in the incident. 

In a statment the service says:  "We would like to make it clear that there was no legal requirement for the Service to have published a report into the fire, the Service chose to produce it to help the public, our staff and other partners understand what had happened during the fire and learn about how fires can spread in historic buildings. It was the first time that we had produced such a report. Its aim was to look at the unique circumstances around the fire and particularly the spread to the Royal Clarence. The people involved in producing the report had no involvement in fighting the fire and were chosen for their skills, professionalism and integrity."

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