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Friday, June 16th, 2017 01:06 pm
According to the news this lunchtime, the number of people known to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 30, with that number due to rise still higher.

On the BBC News website, “Architect and fire expert Sam Webb said: "We are still wrapping post-war high-rise buildings in highly flammable materials and leaving them without sprinkler systems installed, then being surprised when they burn down.

“"I really don't think the building industry understands how fire behaves in buildings and how dangerous it can be. The government's mania for deregulation means our current safety standards just aren't good enough."”

I do believe that this fire was caused by corners being cut by the local council, the cladding used not being correct for the use to which it was being put, and the fact that cladding was in place was at least partly – from the paperwork mostly – put there so that posh people living locally weren’t offended by the sight of a scruffy block of 1970s flats.

I spent most of Wednesday morning in tears, and then had to go and be interviewed for a job. Not surprisingly, I didn’t do especially well at the job interview.
Friday, June 16th, 2017 01:14 pm (UTC)
This is a more terrible thing than the recent terrorist attacks.

Obviously I wouldn't want to be killed in any circumstances, but if I were, I think I would rather be killed by someone who thought me worth killing than by someone who didn't think I was worth saving.
Friday, June 16th, 2017 04:10 pm (UTC)
I think it's a safe bet that all ths 'missing' are dead.

But really - only one set of stairs for that size of building?