Warnings about Grenfell ‘months’ before disaster
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09 August 2018
Official warnings about fire safety at Grenfell Tower were issued one year before the tragic fire, according to a major report from ITV News.
A fire deficiency notice from the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), served in November 2016, and a separate independent Fire Risk Assessment both identified a number of failures at Grenfell, ITV News reported.
Warnings from the independent Fire Risk Assessment were issued in June 2016, one year before the fire, and included deadlines for action.
In October, the fire risk assessor wrote to the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on why action still had not been taken on more than 20 issues he had identified.
The two fire safety audits reportedly found problems with damaged or poorly fitted doors and fire doors that did not self-close.
They raised questions about how the refurbishment had affected the operation of the building’s smoke venting system and the firefighter’s lift controls.
Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has said people were “culpable” for the Grenfell Tower fire.
He told the broadcaster: “There was clear negligence. That negligence has led to manslaughter and the loss of lives.
"People are culpable. This evidence is probably in front of the inquiry, but it is hugely important that the police act on this gross negligence that we're hearing about today."
The KCTMO ceased to exist following the fire. The owner of Grenfell Tower, Kensington and Chelsea council said in a statement: “This will be a matter for the public inquiry, and to comment further could risk prejudicing the ongoing police investigation.
“We do not want to do or say anything that could obstruct the course of justice, because justice is what our residents want the most.
“Our first thoughts and our last thoughts will always be with those that lost their lives in the Grenfell Tragedy. We have been clear that we want the whole unvarnished truth and we will do all we can to assist, no matter what the consequences are for the council."
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