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UK News Grenfell Tower was given three weeks to fix more than 40 'high risk' fire safety issues - ONE YEAR before the blaze that killed 72

08:50  08 august  2018
08:50  08 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Official warnings about the lack of fire safety at Grenfell Tower were issued a year before the blaze that killed 72 residents, it emerged last night. Dozens of failings were discovered during assessments by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London, United Kingdom.

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Official warnings about the lack of fire safety at Grenfell Tower were issued a year before the blaze that killed 72 residents, it emerged last night.

Dozens of failings were discovered during assessments by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

a view of a city with smoke coming out of it: An assessment of Grenfell Tower in June 2016, after the block was refurbished, recommended action on more than 40 ‘high risk’ issues within two to three weeks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An assessment of Grenfell Tower in June 2016, after the block was refurbished, recommended action on more than 40 ‘high risk’ issues within two to three weeks Warnings were issued to the West London tower block's management in June 2016 with deadlines for action. Four months later, the authority wrote to the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation asking why nothing had been done to improve the 20 problem areas it identified.

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Official warnings identifying multiple fire safety failings at Grenfell Tower were served on the building’s management the year before the fire but no action was taken, documents have revealed.

Firefighters searched Grenfell Tower overnight and extinguished the last flames of the catastrophic blaze that killed at least 12 people, as police said the death toll was bound to rise. Missing residents of Grenfell Tower fire in west London. Read more .

A notice was served in November 2016, identifying failures to be addressed by May 2017, one month before the fire. 

158 households from the Grenfell Tower fire remain in hotels (Rick Findler/PA) © Provided by The Press Association 158 households from the Grenfell Tower fire remain in hotels (Rick Findler/PA) A separate assessment in June 2016, after the block was refurbished, recommended action on more than 40 'high risk' issues within two to three weeks.

The two safety audits identified problems with fire doors and questioned whether refurbishment had affected the smoke venting system and fire lift controls, according to documents seen by ITV.

IBTPOTY2017 Pictures of the week: 14 June 2017: Debris falls from the burning 24-storey Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road, west London © Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images 14 June 2017: Debris falls from the burning 24-storey Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road, west London They are the first evidence that the landlords knew there were dire problems at Grenfell which they were legally required to act on.

Fury as Grenfell Tower site is set to be returned to Kensington and Chelsea despite the police investigation into the council for corporate manslaughter

  Fury as Grenfell Tower site is set to be returned to Kensington and Chelsea despite the police investigation into the council for corporate manslaughter A police investigation into the June 2017 inferno in West London is expected to come to and end in the next couple of days, after which the site will no longer be considered a crime scene.A police investigation into the June 2017 inferno is expected to come to and end in the next couple of days after which the site, no longer considered a crime scene, will be handed back to the council.

Experts warned of fire safety failings at Grenfell Tower seven months before the blaze (Image: Getty). A month after the deadline, 72 died in the tower inferno. A previous inspection by an independent fire assessor in June 2016, a year before the blaze , highlighted 41 “ high - risk ” fire

The Grenfell blaze killed 71 people last year in West London. He said the Government had admitted that 41 councils have contacted the Department of Housing to “ensure fire safety in tower blocks which they own”.

Kensington and Chelsea council said: 'This will be a matter for the public inquiry and to comment further could risk prejudicing the ongoing police investigation.' 

The burnt Grenfell Tower apartment building standing testament to the recent fire in London © ASSOCIATED PRESS The burnt Grenfell Tower apartment building standing testament to the recent fire in London

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