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Lakanal House: new evidence reveals how fatal fire spread


It would seem from the photos that the fire developed via the bedroom levels, jumping the escape balcony levels. Each flat had three directions of escape, two escape balconies and one central corridor, all via the central staircase, which I assume had fire doors. The spread of fire would appear to have jumped floors via the bathroom ventilation shafts which are the only connecting vertical voids between units. There seems no other logical reason for the fire break out on alternate floors. (as indicated on the photographs) Is it possible that residents did not understand the alternatives routes for escape? The bedroom floor if my supposition is correct would have been the least safe floor to wait. Is it possible that the escape balconies were not left clear, and were blocked with tenants belongings. If the fire brigade prevented people to use the central fire escape that obviously could have compounded the problem, the safety of bedroom may well have been the incorrect advise if my theory is correct.

Posted date

17 July, 2009

Posted time

5:55 pm


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