Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors Refuse When Government Offers Free Lodging in Other High Rise Buildings — After Chancellor Admits Cladding in Grenfell Tower Blaze is ALREADY Illegal in Britain

Urban Search and Rescue officers from London Fire Brigade inside the Grenfell Tower in west London
  • At least 58 people have died, or are missing or presumed dead after the blaze
  • Local resident said survivors were offered accommodation in high-rise hotels
  • Nadia said one family ‘freaked out’ when they were told they could stay there  

Survivors of the horrific Grenfell Tower inferno have ‘freaked out’ after being offered temporary accommodation in high-rise tower blocks.

A local resident known only as Nadia, who lives close to the 24-storey tower in west London, revealed one of the men who escaped the burning building was offered a place to stay in a hotel.

But she said he refused to go there with his children because they were frightened to enter a tall building similar to the one they dramatically fled.

Police have said at least 58 people died, or are missing, presumed dead, after the devastating blaze ravaged the tower block in the early hours of Wednesday.

A local resident, called Nadia (pictured), revealed that some of the survivors have been offered a place to stay in high-rise hotels 

A local resident, called Nadia (pictured), revealed that some of the survivors have been offered a place to stay in high-rise hotels

She was speaking just around the corner from Grenfell Tower and added that a man 'freaked out'

She was speaking just around the corner from Grenfell Tower and added that a man ‘freaked out’

Speaking just yards from the scene, Nadia said: ‘The survivors are not watching the news. They don’t want to see their houses burning.

‘They don’t want to see it so they don’t know that you are doing all this kind stuff.’

She then showed a photograph of a man who lived in the building and said he was offered a place to live in a high-rise hotel.

Nadia added: ‘They wanted to put him in a building which is a high-rise building. He freaked out because he doesn’t want to put his children in a high-rise building – would you?

‘They have been trying to re-house them in the building but they [the survivors] do not want to go in it. Would you? Do you blame them?

‘He freaked out, he said he does not want to put my children in that building.

‘His wife, I hugged her, she cried in my arms for five minutes.’

She then showed a picture of the hotel where the survivors were offered a place to stay and again described it as being a ‘high-rise tower’.

Nadia said: ‘The wife said “I don’t want to go higher than the first floor”.’

She also claimed that some those who lived in Grenfell Tower have been offered rooms in Manchester and Birmingham.

Nadia added: ‘They have been offered accommodation in tower blocks in Manchester and Birmingham. Can you believe it? Tower blocks?

‘They’ve just escaped from a burning tower block – they don’t want to go in one again.

‘It’s an absolute disgrace. They are scared and terrified after what’s happened to them.’

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  • Attention has focused on the causes of the devastating blaze on Wednesday 
  • Cladding installed on the tower block was flammable and acted as a chimney 
  • The material is illegal in America and Germany but was installed on Grenfell 
  • Hammond today revealed he understood it was also illegal in Britain 

Flammable cladding that helped the inferno which destroyed the Grenfell tower is already illegal on tall buildings in Britain, Philip Hammond claimed today.

The Chancellor said criminal probes and a public inquiry into the disaster would answer why the controversial material was used.

It emerged today that the cladding installed on Grenfell was not designed for use on buildings taller than 10metres high – a fraction of the 67metre Grenfell block.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said cladding with a flammable core – like that used on Grenfell Tower – was banned on buildings over 18metres high.

Philip Hamomnd told the BBC'd Andrew Marr today that flammable cladding which fuelled the inferno which destroyed the Grenfell tower is already illegal in Britain

Philip Hamomnd told the BBC’d Andrew Marr today that flammable cladding which fuelled the inferno which destroyed the Grenfell tower is already illegal in Britain

Since the devastating blaze, which killed at least 58, suspicion has focused on how and why the cladding on the building both burned and helped the fire spread by acting a chimney.

It has emerged the cladding used was a cheaper option chosen during a recent refurbishment of Grenfell. Spending just £6,000 more would have meant a non-flammable product.

Mr Hammond told Marr: ‘My understanding the cladding in question – this flammable cladding that is banned in Europe and the US – is also banned here.

‘So there are two separate questions. Are our regulations correct, do they permit the right kind of materials and ban the wrong kind of materials.

‘The second question is were they correctly complied with.

‘That will be a question the inquiry will look at, it will also be a question the separate criminal investigation will be looking at.’

It was not clear from Mr Hammond’s remarks whether the Government believes the type of cladding panel used is illegal in all circumstances or just above 10m, in line with the manufacturers’ guidelines, revealed today by the Mail on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told the Sunday Times: ‘Cladding using a composite aluminium panel with a polyethylene core should not be used for cladding on a building taller than 18m.’

DCLG could not confirm what material was installed on the Grenfell Tower.

But the description given does match the Reynobond PE used when the block was overhauled last year.

Since the devastating blaze (pictured), which killed at least 58, suspicion has focused on how and why the cladding on the building both burned and helped the fire spread by acting a chimney

Since the devastating blaze (pictured), which killed at least 58, suspicion has focused on how and why the cladding on the building both burned and helped the fire spread by acting a chimney

The Chancellor vowed the Government would address any issues raised by the public inquiry when it reports.

But he ducked immediate questions, such as whether sprinkler systems should be immediately installed.

Mr Hammond said the inquiry must be allowed to investigate the issues and make its recommendations.

He said: ‘My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building.’

Mr Hammond added: ‘The commitment that government should make, and I’ll make it now, is that when the inquiry produces its evidence, and I don’t mean in years time because we are going to ask them to produce interim findings, when it produces its findings, we will act on them.’

Pressed on why the Government did not implement the finding of a report into a 2009 fire in Southwark, Mr Hammond said: ‘We’ve looked at those recommendations and what’s happened to them.

‘My assessment is that we have responded correctly and appropriately to those recommendations.’

Mr Hammond was challenged by the BBC's Andrew Marr today on why the material - which is banned in America and Germany - was used on British homes

Mr Hammond was challenged by the BBC’s Andrew Marr today on why the material – which is banned in America and Germany – was used on British homes

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One Response to “Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors Refuse When Government Offers Free Lodging in Other High Rise Buildings — After Chancellor Admits Cladding in Grenfell Tower Blaze is ALREADY Illegal in Britain”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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