Today I am thinking about the Grenfell Tower block of flats in West London and I cannot imagine how it will be for all the residents of that bit of the city who will have to live in its shadow for many months to come, let alone the actual residents who did not survive.
Of course there will be a massive inquiry, and speculation about what happened and how it happened will be rife until the enquiry is completed, but I did hear one eye-witness ask how this could happen at all in the 21st century, with all the fire and H.S. regulations in place which we normally moan about.
All I know is that it seems very likely (according to one survivor) that there were no audible alarms set off at all. He was alerted by his neighbour hammering on his door.
The only other thing we know is that the cladding on the outside of the block was recently replaced, top to bottom. In the footage, you can see the cladding burning as if it was made of plastic or similar rather than fire-resistant material.
This is just awful.
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