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Grenfell Tower in London before the 2009 renovation. Photo: Wikipedia
10 Feb 2022

Second phase of Grenfell inquiry: "There will be a major fire" - civil servant foretold the tragedy

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Grenfell Tower before the renovation in 2009. Photo: Wkipediai
Grenfell Tower before the renovation in 2009. Photo: Wikipedia

According to a recent  article in the British magazine The Independent, a senior civil servant is said to have been warned that “there is going to be a major fire”, as he left a cladding industry meeting three years before the Grenfell Tower fire.

This according what has been heard in a recent second phase of the inquiry. 

Brian Martin was the official in charge of fire safety building regulations at what was then known as the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

Allegedly he have made the comment as he left a meeting organised by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) in July 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss concerns over fire safety regulations in the UK’s building industry.

The second phase of the Grenfell Inquiry is examining how the block of flats in west London came to be coated in flammable materials that contributed to the spread of fire in the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017, which killed 72 people.

Read the whole discourse article on The Independent