Grenfell Tower fire

The people are angry and have demanded answers from the government of Theresa May after a fire outbreak at the Grenfell Tower killed 79 people, though many residents of the building have claimed that there are many more bodies unaccounted for.

In a leaked letter that has now been seen by reputable news organisation, experts have recommended ways to the government after a fatal fire in Lakanal House in south London in 2009 that killed 6 people, the recommendations are what the government can do to keep people safe from a fire outbreak as such, especially people in towers.

                

In 2013, the government promised to review the fire and safety regulation, but it never did happen.

More than dozens of letters were obtained that experts wrote that that the government should not wait for another tragedy. 

The former chief fire officer, Ronnie King said that the UK government has ignored repeated warnings about the fire outbreak in towers, Mr King said;

We have spent four years saying 'Listen, we have got the evidence, we've provided you with the evidence, there is clear public opinion towards this, you ought to move on this.

Four ministers all from the Department for Communities and Local Government ignored all the warnings and did not strengthen regulations that could help with protecting citizens from fire outbreaks. 

The Parliamentary group again in 2014 give it a try by writing;

Surely… when you already have credible evidence to justify updating… the guidance… which will lead to saving of lives, you don't need to wait another three years in addition to the two already spent since the research findings were updated, in order to take action?

As there are estimated to be another 4,000 older tower blocks in the UK, without automatic sprinkler protection, can we really afford to wait for another tragedy to occur before we amend this weakness?

One of the government officials that ignore warnings of this threat is Liberal Democrat MP Steven Williams, who was a minister in the department when one of the letters came in, and he replied;

I have neither seen nor heard anything that would suggest that consideration of these specific potential changes is urgent and I am not willing to disrupt the work of this department by asking that these matters are brought forward.

The group then responded, and say they;

We re at a loss to understand, how you had concluded that credible and independent evidence, which had life safety implications, was NOT considered to be urgent.

As a consequence the group wishes to point out to you that should a major fire tragedy, with loss of life, occur between now and 2017 in, for example, a residential care facility or a purpose built block of flats, where the matters which had been raised here, were found to be contributory to the outcome, then the group would be bound to bring this to others' attention.

Another letter was also sent to the then Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles. The letter was also sent by the parliamentary group about fire regulations in 2014. 

Secretary Eric Pickles in February 2013 and March 2013 have been asked to look  into fire safety by two separate coroner's investigation another two tower fire.

2015

The All-party group in 2015 wrote to Conservative MP James Wharton, who was also another minister in the department at the time, and he was told about the risks of fire spreading to the outside of  buildings with claddings.

Today's buildings have a much higher content of readily available combustible material. Examples are timber and polystyrene mixes in structure, cladding and insulation. This fire hazard results in many fires because adequate recommendations to developers simply do not exist. There is little or no requirement to mitigate external fire spread.

2016

In September 2016, Gavin Barwell, now Theresa May top aide received a letter from the parliamentary group, and unlike the others, Barwell replied the letter and said that the department will make a statement in "due course."

The response from Mr Barwell seems not have happen in due course, causing the death of more than 79 people, and more of this could still happen in the UK if the government, and departments continue to play the "I don't care" music.


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