London Mayor Says Questions Need to Be Answered After Deadly Tower Block Fire

LONDON — London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks after several people were killed on Wednesday when a fire engulfed a 24-storey building.

Some residents said they had been advised they should stay in their flats in the event of a fire, while the block’s residents association had previously warned it was worried about the risk of a serious fire.

“These questions are really important questions that need to be answered,” Khan told BBC Radio.

“Across London we have many, many tower blocks and what we can’t have is a situation where people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained.”

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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Residents warned of ‘catastrophic’ Grenfell Tower block fire three years ago – but pleas ‘fell on deaf ears’

Grenfell Tower, in west London, has been destroyed by fire
Grenfell Tower, in west London, has been destroyed by fire CREDIT: EPA

An action group at a west London tower block ravaged by fire have said their warnings fell on “deaf ears” after highlighting safety concerns about the block.

The cause of the blaze at the Grenfell tower, north Kensington, is not known, but a blog post from the Grenfell Action Group from November 2016 said “only a catastrophic event” would expose issues residents had.

Several hundred people would have been in the block when the fire was reported at 1.15am on Wednesday, while 30 have been taken to hospital.

The group said there was one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures at the building.

Remaining fire burns at the Grenfell Tower apartment block in North Kensington
Remaining fire burns at the Grenfell Tower apartment block in North Kensington CREDIT: EPA

Following the fire, the group posted: “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”

Smoke billows from the top of the Grenfell Tower block in West London this morning
Smoke billows from the top of the Grenfell Tower block in West London this morningCREDIT: PA

The group claimed access to the building was “severely restricted” for emergency services and other vehicles and that residents were advised to stay in their flats in case of fire.

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2 Responses to “London Mayor Says Questions Need to Be Answered After Deadly Tower Block Fire”

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