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Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    Just to point something out - that building was put up 50 years ago, minus the cladding but also with no sprinklers (which were standard issue on commercial buildings even then). There was a Labour government then, another one from 74-79 and the Blair government from 97-2007. Clearly none of these governments did anything to mandate better fire suppression in residential buildings.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Fine - but I've also seen it pointed out that the building before the reclad was much less likely to have a catastrophic fire, and the "stay put" instruction was likely to be reasonable.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Yes - it appears that the cladding basically acted as both a chimney and a flammable wrapping for the entire building.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

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