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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 February, 2005, 16:33 GMT
Blair praises blaze death firemen
The two firefighters who died
Michael Miller (left) and Jeff Wornham died while tackling a fire
Tony Blair has paid tribute to the two firemen killed in a tower block blaze in Stevenage.

Michael Miller and Jeff Wornham died while trying to rescue Natalie Close from the fire in Herts on 2 February.

The town's MP Barbara Follett raised the tragedy on Wednesday during Question Time in the House of Commons.

Mr Blair said: "They died doing an extraordinary and heroic job and the whole House of Commons wish to send their sympathies to their families."

Mr Miller, from Stevenage and Mr Wornham 28, of Royston, rescued a 37-year-old man, who is now recovering.

Flats uninhabitable

About 70 people were cleared from the building when the blaze started on the 14th floor of the tower block at Harrow Court on Silam Road in Stevenage.

Families are now staying in local hotels while others are living with relatives and friends.

Stevenage Borough Council has been providing meals and counselling for the residents, as well as organising donations including toys.

Some residents have been told they may be able to move back in from Wednesday, but many flats are uninhabitable because of the smoke and water damage. The council said they may have to stand empty while repairs are carried out.




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