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Faulty TV to blame for Lakanal House fire

A fire in a south London tower block, which killed six people was caused by an electrical fault, according to initial findings

The blaze in Camberwell started in a portable television believed to be at least 10 years old, said police.

‘Initial results have found that the cause of the fire was an electrical fault originating in a portable TV set that was at least 10 years old.

‘The make and model of the TV have not been confirmed so we will not speculate. It was in a room on the ninth floor.’

According to a BBC London investigation, Southwark Council was aware the tower block was a fire risk. In 2000 the council surveyed 200 tower blocks, identifying 13 that ‘may pose a fire risk or risk of a fire spread’. Four of the 13 were demolished but Lakanal House remained inhabited.

Speaking to the AJ, architect Sam Webb said more than half of Britain’s thousands of local authority tower blocks pose a similar risk to the one in Camberwell.

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