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Stephen Axford

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  • Comment on: Fire expert: Grenfell Tower tragedy 'entirely predictable'

    Stephen Axford's comment 16 June, 2017 6:22 am

    In 1984 I was visiting public housing estates from Australia and witnessed the last fire test on Ronan Point organised by Sam Webb. I was surprised the building still stood after the 1968 disaster. The housing authorities had insisted that new firestop caulking would ensure that fire could not spread from one apartment to the next. Despite their best efforts it failed again, and at last they gave up and the building was demolished in 1986. However it seems institutional reluctance to act survived.