The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy waiting to happen, according to residents of the 24-storey block in west London who had repeatedly raised safety concerns.
In November Edward Daffarn, 55, published a post on his Grenfell Action Group blog warning that “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (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”.
Mr Daffarn, who lives on the 16th floor, narrowly escaped with his life.
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Council lawyer’s letter to #Grenfell blogger: stop ‘harrassing’ us
The news channels and social media are still, rightly, full of footage of the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington and its aftermath. As the SKWAWKBOX showed on Wednesday, there are serious questions to answer about the design of the building and its fire alarm system – and the actions of the Tories, including former mayor and now Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is hotly tipped as the party’s next leader.
Johnson betrayed a lack of concern and seriousness about the safety of Londoners from fire when, in 2013, he scoffed at London Assembly Members’ worries about the impact of his cuts to the number of fire stations and firefighters – going so far as to tell one AM to ‘get stuffed’ for questioning him (video).
Video: #Grenfell resident ‘drops truth’ on #BBC re blog claims and shoddy works
As the SKWAWKBOX showed yesterday, Kensington and Chelsea council sent a threatening legal letter to the author of a blog who had highlighted the dangers facing residents at the ill-fated Grenfell Tower, demanding that he stop ‘harrassing’ the council.
Residents’ warnings about the Grenfell Tower fire ‘fell on deaf ears’
Residents of Grenfell Tower, which endured a raging fire on Wednesday 14 June, issued a stark warning that such an incident would occur after they alleged the landlord consistently failed to act on fire safety.
There have been “a number of fatalities” from the devastating fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, a West London high-rise on the West Lancaster Estate in North Kensington, according to reports. More than 50 people are being treated in hospital.