Fire safety at London’s Grenfell Tower placed under review last year
Residents warned of ‘dangerous living conditions’ as owner ordered changes to way it handled fire risk in its properties.
Residents of Grenfell Tower have said they raised multiple concerns about the risk of fire in the months before the fatal blaze, but were “brushed away” by the council’s tenant management organisation.
Survivors of the disaster said on Wednesday they had raised fears about the fact that there was only one escape route. They also told the Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation (KCTMO) of their concerns over the placement of boilers and gas pipes, the absence of a building-wide fire alarm or sprinkler system, and piles of rubbish being dumped and causing a fire risk.
Investigations have begun into the cause of the fire and how it swept so rapidly up the 24 storeys, apparently spreading across a new thermal cladding system installed last year as part of a £10m refurbishment.
Only last November, residents in the Grenfell Action Group had warned about “dangerous living conditions” and said: “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO.”
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