13 years before the fire of London’s Grenfell Tower, the British government and representatives of the construction industry knew that the cladding, which contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, was dangerous, the BBC revealed on Thursday. 72 people died in a building fire in North Kensington.
The panels that clad the Grenfell Tower, which were commonly used in buildings in the UK, failed the 2004 fire tests, the BBC reported. The tests were part of a study commissioned by the then Labor government to determine the standards for building systems. Five cladding systems were then tested and found to have failed to meet the “proposed performance criteria”.
However, the results of these tests were only provided to the industry advisory group with the annotation “trade secret” and were never released to the public. According to the BBC, she only recently received confidential documents.
Grenfell Tower fire
72 people died in a fire on June 14, 2017 in a 24-story municipal skyscraper in North Kensington, London. It was the most tragic fire in any apartment building in Great Britain since the Second World War.
It started before 1 a.m. after a small fire in the kitchen of one of the apartments on the fourth floor, but within a few minutes the flames engulfed the exterior of the building and then spread to all sides with such speed that at 3 most of the upper floors were on fire. The fire spread was favored by the fact that the building was covered with flammable cladding.
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