Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

London Mayor Admits Fire Caused by 'Mistakes and Neglect'

London Mayor Admits Fire Caused by 'Mistakes and Neglect'

Diagrams in a brochure dated 2016 for Reynobond tiles reviewed by Reuters show how polyethylene (PE) core tiles are suitable only for buildings of up to 10m in height."As soon as the building is higher than the fire fighters' ladders, it has to be conceived with an incombustible material", the brochure says.

"Four hundred or so people - still a lot of them have not got somewhere decent or safe or secure to stay", he said.

United Kingdom government must work quickly on an inquiry and consider tearing down similar tower blocks, says London mayor. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

"My understanding is that the cladding in also banned here".

Investigators would examine whether building regulations were breached when the block was refurbished, and the public inquiry set up by the government would also examine if rules had been broken, Mr Hammond said. One: are our regulations correct, do they permit the right kind of materials and ban the wrong kind of materials? "Second question is were they correctly complied with?"

Khan, who grew up in public housing, said locals are still angry at the "poor response" from the local and federal government both before and after the tragedy - echoing an angry op-ed he wrote for The Guardian Sunday.

Community groups have said warnings about poor fire safety have always been ignored, and that in the aftermath of the disaster, officials had failed to immediately take care of those affected.

Kensington and Chelsea Council's leader said officials had been working "around the clock" since the fire on Wednesday.

She said 201 families have received emergency accommodation to date and that by the end of Monday the teams aim to have contacted all known families affected by the fire and completed an assessment of what they need. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

In a report, BBC said the number could be around 70 people in total.

The PM, who "welled up" after hearing harrowing accounts from people caught up in the fire, said there had been "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information.

Khan said images of the 1970's building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".

The council has been widely criticised for its handling of the disaster, with residents complaining that officials had provided little support or information.

She also met victims of the fire in Downing Street.

"We explained to the prime minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy", they said.

"There's a feeling that the council and government don't understand their concerns and don't care".

"People in this community are sick to death of platitudes from politicians", he added.

The external use of composite foam insulation is believed to have contributed to the rapid spread of the fire at the residential block in Kensington that has claimed at least 58 lives in the London tragedy, with many more residents still missing.

"No one local authority would be able to cope", he added.

"There is absolutely no help". "As Prime Minister, I will be responsible for implementing its findings".

On Friday, she was heckled on a visit to the North Kensington estate, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation.

Dozens of people were still missing three days after the 24-storey Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames, and worries over the safety of the apartment block's charred wreck has slowed the search for human remains.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told ITV's Peston on Sunday that the council had seemed to "lack the resources to deal with a crisis of this magnitude", despite being the country's "wealthiest borough".

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