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Insurance Industry Warned UK Government About Dangerous Cladding Before Grenfell Tower Fire

The insurance industry warned the British government of the dangers of flammable cladding on buildings a month before the Grenfell Tower fire. The Association of British Insurers told ministers in May that outdated building regulations should be reviewed because they had failed to keep pace with modern construction methods, including the installation of flammable surfaces.

The British government said on Sunday that 60 high-rise buildings had failed safety tests after fire ravaged the Grenfell tower block in west London on June 14, killing 79 people. According to the report, the Fire Brigades Union, and the Loss Prevention Council, had suggested almost two decades ago that the cladding guidelines were inadequate.

Residents had also raised fire safety concerns to the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), which manages the property on behalf of the local government.

According to The Guardian, police have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze. They revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests. Det. Supt. Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation, said on Friday that officers had established the initial cause of the fire was a fridge-freezer. The fire was not started deliberately.

On Friday some 4,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes in north London after the fire brigade ruled that their blocks were unsafe.

Wil Donnelly

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