Huge fire in NEWLY-BUILT block of flats. Is this how the Tory government learned the lessons of Grenfell?

As I type these words, around 100 firefighters are battling a blaze in a tower block on De Pass Gardens, Barking, in London.

The cause is not known. There are no known injuries, and evacuation procedures are in place.

But there is no avoiding the obvious question: Why has this happened after the Tory government promised to learn the lessons of Grenfell?

Look at the strength of this fire, as shown in the following footage:

And did you read the comment about the cladding? Builders had been challenge about it only weeks ago, and said it was “fire retardant and perfectly safe”.

Does it look safe to you?

Sadly, it seems to be exactly the same stupidity as at Grenfell.

I’m sure you and I will look forward to the mealy-mouthed excuses that will flow from the same sources we heard after Grenfell. I hope there will be much less tolerance for them this time.

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  1. Barry June 9, 2019 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Let’s not jump to conclusions and start apportioning blame fire happen everyday all over the place, a wait and see position would be more appropriate.

    • Rik June 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Fires do yes but ,one don’t get to see these sort of fires in block towers tho . . .

      Hope no one was hurt . .
      and thanks to the fire/emergency services.

    • philhow June 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      its not blame that needs sorting out here, it’s the materials used that fueled such a quick burning and fierce fire that people need to be aware of. Building inspection is now mostly done by industry self certification.

  2. random bloke June 10, 2019 at 7:53 am - Reply

    You are right, fires happen all the time, thats not in question, and fortunately this was a much smaller building, and fortunately nobody has been seriously hurt… which given the lack of smoke alarms (widely acknowledged at this point) is pretty incredible in itself. Its like watching a tinder box go up.

  3. Carol Fraser June 10, 2019 at 9:38 am - Reply

    The residents were apparently assured that the wood cladding was safe. From the pictures the evidence suggest that it wasn’t. Note: Public Enquiries are useless, these things need a judicial review. For the former read cover up

  4. dsbacon2017 June 10, 2019 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Bellway seem to have been careless in reassuring everybody that the wooden cladding was flameproof. I doubt if any wooden cladding exposed to the elements would remain flame proof indefinitely. Not a great idea, though, to light a barbecue in such an environment.

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