I just found this while searching the news. This is a recent example of exactly the same building materials/construction methods that created the London Grenfell fire disaster.
The fire burned down part of the plastic casing of the building.
So, this is now officially ‘a common hazard’ and there is ‘no excuse’ for using this cladding and all buildings and stores, etc. should be retrofitted and this junk removed from the exterior because it is a death trap! Luckily for Moscow, no one died but this was because it wasn’t a huge tower, it was only 20 feet high, not hundreds of feet high.
This is a global problem. I am betting there is more than one building in China with this problem, too. Now on to more scandals: people warning about this possibility BEFORE the retrofit of the dangerous construction methods, were deliberately SILENCED by the government of England. This is a huge scandal.
Tory council attempted to gag a blogger after warning about Grenfell Tower fire threat
A blogger who warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council of the dangers lurking in Grenfell Tower was threatened by local officials for writing about problems in the building.
So, bloggers warning about this were deliberately censored by the government. Heads must roll because of this news. Will this be news? The The Independent | News | UK is carrying this story.
In 2013 Francis O’Connor, a member of the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), urged councillors and landlord Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO) to address the fire safety risks that new works on the building would cause.
GAG had several times tried to warn the council and the landlord that the building of a school and gym next to the estate would restrict emergency services’ access, including firefighting vehicles. A leaked letter reveals that officials at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea tried to silence the campaigners, sending a lawyer to threaten O’Connor.
‘I am instructed that you previously posted blogs that have in general been critical of everything that takes place at Lancaster West in relation to the Kensington Academy Leisure Centre and investment on the estate,’ lawyer Vimal Sarna wrote to O’Connor in July 2013. It then instructed the group to delete the blog.
In 2016 an article on the blog predicted that only a tragedy would bring serious attention to the tower’s problems :
‘It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice!’
The censorship is a crime, the fire is now a crime. If this allegation is true, people must go to prison since the government worked actively to prevent citizens from stopping the deadly project.
The scandal reached beyond local council remit when former Housing Minister Brandon Lewis ‘sat on’ information about the several fire risks in buildings such as Grenfell Tower.
Lewis did not take action on safety irregularities on tower blocks over 30 meters tall because it could ‘discourage building.’ Instead he shrugged off suggestions that sprinklers should be installed in the block. Other ministers are believed to have also known about the damning evidence yet did nothing. Gavin Barwell who succeeded Brandon Lewis, Kris Hopkins and Mark Prisk also sat on the report and did nothing.
So, we have the list of the individuals who committed mass murder. Will they be treated like terrorists? They did all this deliberately and muzzled anyone who dared question them about their choices!
It gets worse. From Did UK Government Climate Mania Contribute to the Grenfell Tower Disaster? | Watts Up With That? comments section:
Council penny pinching and accepting lowest bid for work blamed for Grenfell Tower blaze by former borough worker
Often fire alarms did not work and a new external fire escape was not installed because it would cost too much, says a former council worker. The woman, who worked as a property manager for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council for 20 years said the deadly blaze could have been prevented if the council had spent money upgrading it. But Grenfell Tower, run by Tenant Management Organization for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, was not modernized during the employee’s two decades working in the property area of the authority.
Fire alarms did not work and a new external fire escape was not installed because it would cost too much. New cladding fitted to the outside of the building last year caused the blaze to rip through the block because substandard and cheap materials were used in an effort to save cash. ‘They spent £1 million on cladding the outside of the building last year, and surveyors told the council not to use the cheapest possible materials, but they accepted the lowest possible bid. The surveyors weren’t happy about it, but every time we brought it up with management they said ‘we hear you, but we simply can’t spend the money on upgrading the building.’ It was built in the 1970s and the council did not want to spend the money needed to bring it up to date because it would have cost so much money and taken so much work. The materials they used for the cladding was a cheap mixture rather than the more solid concrete. The cladding created a gap between the wall which caused the fire to spread even quicker throughout the floors.’
The woman, who retired in 2010, said she blames council bosses. ‘Kensington and Chelsea Council are responsible and for years bids were being made and they were all being turned down. I’m disgusted with the council. They think more about money than human lives. All the years I worked there it was like that. Every year I went on inspections of the building and every year the same problems continued. There needed to be an external fire escape and the residents were pushing for it, but it never got done because the cost came in too high at around £30m for all the upgrades. The council thought it was too much money to spend on one building and chose not to do it.
‘Seeing what happened this morning, I just couldn’t believe it, they risked over 600 people’s lives to save money. I was absolutely gutted, it really upset me, I knew the building so well and got to know a lot of the families. But I wasn’t surprised, I could see it happening and all the surveyors knew it did not meet the standards. The fire brigade were also unhappy with giving it a fire certificate, but the council did not want to have to re-home all those people.
‘Why did not they have working alarms? There should have been sprinklers in the communal areas too. The Councillors are to blame too, they had the final approval on every project so they knew what was going on. But because they are poor people in north Kensington they don’t want to spend the money.‘
So, global warming fears joined forces with ‘cheap government jobs’ and ‘cosmetic changes for no good reasons’ to set into motion events leading to the mass deaths of terrified tenants who died in this hideous fire that was totally preventable.
This fire came after the Moscow and fireworks fire in Dubai. There was already stunning proof that the design and construction of this cladding was catastrophic and yet, not a thing was done to deal with the dangers.
Perhaps this will bring down the government. I would not be surprised.