Concerns raised over 'narrow' scope of Grenfell Tower inquiry

Kristopher Drake
June 30, 2017

Our Bournemouth site uses a similar type of cladding on a very small area of the building, approximately five per cent of the total exterior, though we have no reason to believe this poses any risk to our residents.

A spokeswoman for Octavia, said: "The high rise was completed in 2013 with a number of fire safety features including sprinklers in every flat and smoke extraction ducts".

Police have said it will be months until the final death toll from the blaze, Britain's deadliest since World War Two, is known, but they believe there were no survivors from 23 of the 129 apartments. They have been hobbled by an inaccurate list from the tenants' management organization in charge of the public housing tower, she said.

Flowers and messages left by well-wishers in tribute to the victims of the June 14 Grenfell Tower block are pictured near the scene of the fire in North Kensington, west London, June 22, 2017.

A spokesman said: "Universities across Scotland are working to reassess the over-cladding of their building façades to ensure they meet the highest standards of fire safety. We must presume that no one in those flats survived - that includes anyone who lived there or was visiting them".

The council's chief executive Nicholas Holgate resigned last week in the wake of the council's handling of the tragedy, but there have been calls for elected officials to also step down.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: "Following the results of government fire safety tests, we have ordered the removal of external cladding from three buildings in New Cross".

Meanwhile, the number of high-rises across the United Kingdom that failed fire safety tests launched in the wake of the London tragedy stands at over 120 tower blocks.

Not only did the tragedy claim at least 80 lives, but it has revealed what one fire safety expert described as the worst ever failure in the history of British construction.

The intense heat of the fire may also make it impossible to identify some remains.

Prime Minister May told the nation Wednesday that 120 other tower blocks in the country had been fitted with the same flammable cladding that helped the fire spread at Grenfell.

She added: "We have been given a clear instruction from the fire brigade that due to the quality of additional safety measures, the building is safe for residents to continue to reside in".

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