Grenfell inquiry: fire chief warned ministers of high-rise faults before fire

Grenfell inquiry: fire chief warned ministers of high-rise faults before fire

The London fire brigade (LFB) commissioner warned ministers about fire risks to high-rise buildings months before the Grenfell Tower disaster, and said residents were being placed at “significant risk” of fires spreading between flats. Dany Cotton wrote to the then housing minister, Gavin Barwell, reporting that the LFB was finding problems at the rate of one building a month and warned there could be more, the public inquiry into the disaster heard on Thursday. Breaches of compartmentation were a significant issue in the 14 June 2017 disaster, which claimed 72 lives. They have also emerged as a common fault in scores of other high-rise apartment blocks caught up in the post-Grenfell building safety crisis. In April 2017 Cotton told Barwell and Brandon Lewis, then the policing and fire minister, of …
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