'Grenfell tragedy means sprinkler campaign will leap forward', says Jim Fitzpatrick MP

'Grenfell tragedy means sprinkler campaign will leap forward', says Jim Fitzpatrick MP

The fire killed at least 80 people in west London

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Labour MP and former fireman has backed the call to install sprinklers in council flats ahead of the opening of the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

The inquiry into the fire which engulfed the tower block, killing at least 80 people, is to begin on Thursday (September 13).

Ahead of it, Dany Cotton - the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade - has called for sprinklers to be installed in all high-rise flats. 

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse and a secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on fire safety and rescue, said this should be a "regulatory requirement."

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Although they’re not a complete panacea for every situation, they are helpful to tackle, contain, and extinguish a fire on 95% of occasions.

"They are the best protection with water systems of protecting life, and the sprinkler campaign has been growing for probably 20 years now.

"The tragedy of Grenfell means the expectation is there will be a quantum leap forward as a result of the various investigations conducted by the Government and the recommendations of the public inquiry once it is done investigating."

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