Daniel Halliday
Nov 6 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

Who is to blame for the Grenfell Tower fire?

On the 14th June 2017 a fire destroyed Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block building in West London, causing the deaths of 72 residents. A malfunctioning fridge started the fire, but a report from October 2019 suggests that Grenfell Tower didn't comply with building regulations, but also criticised the London Fire Brigades response. Investigations by the police, government and coroner are still on going, as some politicians have recently come under fire for insensitive comments surrounding the tragedy. Who is responsible for this simple residential fire becoming one of the worst residential fires in the country’s history? What can be done moving forward so that history doesn't repeat itself?
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Failing of TMO (Tenant Management Organisation)
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Failing of TMO (Tenant Management Organisation)

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation are currently under criminal investigation for their role in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Police have stated that they are keeping all options open in inquires into KCTMO and more than sixty related companies, believing a string of crimes may have been committed, ranging from corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office, to fire safety offences, and even gross negligence manslaughter, which can carry a life sentence. However charges cannot be brought against the involved parties until after the public enquiry is concluded in 2021, but considering so many residents had complained about cuts and the conditions in the building prior to the fire it seems the mismanagement by KCTMO was the largest contributing factor to what happened at Grenfell Tower. Moving forward stricter regulations need to be followed with proper oversight from a third party, as similar flammable building materials are still in wide use elsewhere in the country, thought to threaten the lives of some 40,000 residents nationwide.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/grenfell-tower-fire-latest-updates-police-manslaughter-misconduct-charges-criminal-hearing-deaths-a8103346.html theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/07/grenfell-fire-criminal-charges-with-long-prison-terms-not-ruled-out-director-of-public-prosecutions metro.co.uk/2019/03/06/investigation-grenfell-fire-criminal-offences-unlikely-pass-findings-2021-8842722 independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-fire-acm-cladding-housing-a8859846.html

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Daniel Halliday
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