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UK News Combustible cladding on London's Grenfell Tower key to deadly fire - inquiry

13:00  30 october  2019
13:00  30 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The London tower devastated by a vicious building fire may have been installed with flammable cladding during a recent renovation. London -based developer Rydon completed the project, according to the company' s website. Rydon director Andrew Goldman told ITV' s Good Morning Britain

Grenfell Tower inquiry . The decision to use combustible materials to wrap the 24-storey tower has been widely blamed for spreading the fire that claimed 72 lives. Less combustible materials are more expensive than those used on Grenfell Tower and a ban would cost building owners up to £

a city with smoke coming out of it: FILE PHOTO: Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block at Latimer Road in West London © Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block at Latimer Road in West London

LONDON (Reuters) - The use of combustible materials in the refurbishment of London's Grenfell Tower was central to the catastrophic chain of events in June 2017 that turned an ordinary kitchen fire into an inferno that killed 71 people, an official inquiry said on Wednesday.

The blaze at Grenfell Tower, a 23-storey social housing block owned by one of London's richest local authorities, shocked Britain and threw up a range of disturbing questions about how the building had been allowed to become a tinderbox.

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The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a British public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire , which killed 72 people and destroyed Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. It was ordered by Prime Minister Theresa May on the day following the fire .

LONDON — At least 11 buildings in Britain are clad in combustible material of a kind similar to the cladding that was used on the exterior of Grenfell Tower , the apartment building destroyed in London ’ s deadliest fire in decades, officials said on Thursday

"In its origin, the fire at Grenfell Tower was no more than a typical kitchen fire," wrote Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of a public inquiry into the disaster, in a report on the first phase of investigations which focused on events on the night of the blaze.

Having broken out late at night in a fourth-floor flat because of an electrical fault in a refrigerator, the fire spread to the outside of the building and raced up its facade, which had been fitted with a type of combustible aluminium composite material cladding during a refurbishment completed in 2016.

Within 17 minutes of the first call to emergency services by the tenant of the fourth-floor flat, the fire had reached the 22nd floor, and six minutes after that it had reached the roof. From there, it engulfed the whole tower, reducing it to a charred ruin by morning.

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A public inquiry into the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower found serious deficits in the actions of the The London Fire Brigade declined to comment on the report until it was officially published on Read more: Wuppertal evacuates tower block over Grenfell -like cladding . 'Stay put' policy under scrutiny.

The cladding on Grenfell Tower failed to comply with building regulations, according to the first report from the It also pins blame for the blaze on the London Fire Brigade (LFB), citing a failure to educate its firefighters in the dangers associated with combustible cladding systems, as well as failure to

Moore-Bick said there was compelling evidence that the external walls did not comply with building regulations because of the cladding and insulation material fitted between it and the original concrete wall.

"They did not adequately resist the spread of fire having regard to the height, use and position of the building. On the contrary, they actively promoted it," he wrote.

Moore-Bick did not apportion blame for the decision to use the materials in the refurbishment, but said the issue would be at the heart of the second phase of his inquiry, which is already under way and is expected to last about two years.

"The principal focus of Phase 2 will be on the decisions which led to the installation of a highly combustible cladding system on a high-rise residential building and the wider background against which they were taken," he wrote.

A police investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster is also ongoing, although officers have said no decision on criminal charges will be made until the public inquiry process has concluded.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Alistair Smout)

London fire chief: Response to another Grenfell-like blaze would be different .
LFB Commissioner Dany Cotton said the experience of the fatal tower blaze would mean the service would respond differently to a similar incident.Ms Cotton was responding on Tuesday to questions at the London Assembly about the inquiry report into the fatal 2017 blaze which was released last week.

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