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Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

World
Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Architects, a main contractor and a fire engineer on London's Grenfell Tower, destroyed in a 2017 fire that killed 72 people, knew the cladding system would fail in a fire, according to emails disclosed Tuesday. Craig Orr, an attorney for Celotex, which provided insulation used on the tower, disclosed the correspondence on the second day of the second phase of a public inquiry examining what led up to the disaster. Renovation of the building concluded in 2016. The first phase of the inquiry focused on the night of the June 14, 2017, apartment building fire, blamed the London Fire Brigade for "systemic" failures and found that aluminum composites panels and the "melting and dripping of burning polyethylene" fed the fire. It also found that 2016 renovations to the tower vi...
Stormzy in Twitter tirade against Rees-Mogg over Grenfell controversy

Stormzy in Twitter tirade against Rees-Mogg over Grenfell controversy

Entertainment
Stormzy has called Jacob Rees-Mogg "an actual piece of s***" and called for his resignation after the politician's Grenfell comments. The rapper said the comments showed "politicians are actual aliens" and that Mr Rees-Mogg is a "scumbag". Mr Rees-Mogg, who is the leader of the Commons, said it would have been "common sense" for Grenfell Tower residents to ignore advice and leave the burning building.Speaking on LBC's Nick Ferrari on Monday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building."It just seems the common sense thing to do and it is such a tragedy that that didn't happen." Advertisement Mr Rees-Mogg subsequently ap...
London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

World
June 18 (UPI) -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday said the Grenfell Tower fire in which dozens died was a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen" caused by the "consequence of mistakes and neglect" from officials.The blaze occurred early Wednesday and later engulfed all floors above the second in the 24-story building that contained about 120 apartments in north Kensington. Up to 70 people are believed to have died, BBC News reported.The national and local government, including the local council called the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, have been sharply criticized for the response to the fire and for the alleged neglect that led to the massive fire.During a speech after attending a service for victims, Khan said the community affected by the fire is resilient but also...