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News analysis: Five questions about Grenfell Tower that must be answered


Thank you AJ ! I might have put as the top question, Why in a multi-million pound "refurb" was apparently no consideration given to ensuring a working fire alarm system, two ways out at ground floor, check & improve all fire precautions, a pressurised fire escape stair and so on. One would therefore begin to question how negligent the landlords were. Secondly, One should question whether the over-cladding system as installed was SAFE. We all know Building Regs were not updated after the Coroner's report for Lakanal. Successive minister refused to act. In parliament a bill to require all rented accommodation to be "fit-for-purpose" was voted down by over a hundred Tory landlords. We all also know why these materials have been banned in Germany. No hiding behind lousy Regs. What should be done? Immediately evacuate all over-clad flat blocks. Stop over-cladding except with incombustible, non-plastic insulants. Remaining tower blocks are likely safe if not subjected to a catastrophic extra fire load / hazard of cladding. Especially if they have fire alarms and so on. Although the idea of a one stair block 24 storeys high does give me worries.

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20 June, 2017

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