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Fire safety
Grenfell Tower victim’s family threatens legal action over lack of fire evacuation plan for disabled people
Residents told to evacuate tower block homes over safety concerns: A thousand residents to leave immediately because of safety concerns relating to the construction of the buildings
Public Accounts committee condemns unacceptable progress on replacing cladding: For the full report, click here
Waking watches: the scale of England’s building safety crisis unveiled: Inside Housing exposed the scandal of waking watches as far back as April
Cladding removal targets ‘badly missed’: The Fire Protection Association looks at the issues
Mobility scooters can be a real fire risk: Inside Housing reports that mobility scooters can result in a number of safety issues. As part of their ongoing Resident Safety Campaign, Inside Housing is recruiting 12 Safer Homes Ambassadors
Huge tower block fire in South Korea: Hundreds evacuate but NO casualties
A new dawn for Building Safety? Crown Office Chambers consider key provisions of the draft Building Safety Bill, the Fire Safety Bill and the implications for the criminal regulatory sector
Government fails to complete Statutory Equality Impact Assessment before issuing consultation document (refer to Page 52)
London firefighters warn of huge spike in smoking-related house fires during lockdown
Brentford apartment block fire: Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters tackle a large fire in Great West Quarter
Cladding on Cardiff flats: Cladding used at London’s Grenfell Tower is finally to be removed
Bolton tower block inferno: Official report reveals true terror of blaze
Residents evacuated and 30 flats ruined: Firefighters tackle water leak in Leeds city tower block
London firefighters warn of huge spike in smoking-related house fires during lockdown

Tower Block Fires For details of tower block fires in the UK this year, click here

Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry
At least three missed opportunities for creating ‘fire strategy’, inquiry hears
Refurbishment notebooks ‘binned’
Evidence of ‘offline’ negotiations and altered priorities is exposing the attitude of the authorities to the tower and its residents
There was no existing fire strategy for the building
Leeds housing association boss joins Grenfell panel
Council’s head of building control denies ‘culture of bullying’
Window reveal contractor ‘assumed materials were fine
Cladding firm did not check the design met fire safety requirements
Post-Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry Government Fire Safety Consultations
EHRC submission to Grenfell Tower Inquiry Summary
Grenfell architect clashed with council over fire prevention
Lead fire safety consultant ignored email about cladding
Leslie Thomas QC, also representing bereaved families, said the 2017 fire was “inextricably linked with race”
Dr Barbara Lane’s Expert Report to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Grenfell Tower
The twinned injustices of race and class lie at the heart of the Grenfell tragedy
Grenfell refurbishment firm called residents who complained ‘rebels’
UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN
White goods should be recorded in tower blocks to prevent fires” urges Electrical Safety First
Government failures over cladding leading to extra fire safety checks
The 46 urgent safety changes that need to be made to tower blocks
Petition to replace all flammable cladding on buildings in the UK
Only fraction of £600m pot to fix Grenfell-style cladding spent so far
2,000 buildings still covered with dangerous cladding three years on from tragic fire

Fire Statistics
There were 2,981 rescues from primary fires and 5,639 primary fires that involved an evacuation.
Eight per cent of fires in purpose-built high-rise flats spread beyond the room of origin, and a similar percentage to purpose-built medium-rise flats and purpose-built low-rise flats.
For detailed Fire and Rescue Services statistics, click here.