Grenfell Fire was a huge fire that broke out in Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London, on 14 June 2017. To emphasise the scale of the tragedy the number of bodies recovered is currently 87 as of today but the death toll is still unknown. There are several theories as to why the fire happened:
- Gas explosion - Residents said refurbishment work had recently been carried out with work on the gas supply to the flats.
- Faulty fridge - Witnesses described hearing one distressed resident apparently telling neighbours his faulty fridge caused the blaze.
- Faulty wiring - One of the safety issues they highlighted was faulty wiring and said a disaster cause by the problem was narrowly averted four years ago.
- Cladding on outskirts - Grenfell Tower was fitted with zinc rainscreen cladding and glazed curtain walling after a £10 million refurbishment. Experts have claimed this could have exacerbated the spread of the fire.
- Lack of sprinklers/exits - Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the Lakanal House tragedy. The local Action Group also warned that there were not enough entries and exits to cope with a catastrophic event
What actions currently have the UK government taken to try to prevent a tragedy such as this happening again?