Australian inquiry hears Grenfell Tower-style disaster is just a matter of time

Inquiry hears Grenfell Tower style fire could take place in Australia in matter of time

It is thought cladding helped spread the fire at Grenfell Tower

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Senate inquiry in Australia has heard it's just a matter of time before a Grenfell Tower-style fire takes place

The inquiry is investigating the use of non-compliant building materials and it was told there are thousands of buildings in the state of Victoria, and up to 2,500 buildings in New South Wales, which have cladding similar to the material which was on Grenfell Tower.

Evidence given in the warning also pointed to lax building laws in the country, faulty sprinklers and aggressive profiteering, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

The chief executive of the Fire Protection Association of Australia claimed buildings with the cladding that are shorter than 25 metres in Sydney and Melbourne are at even greater risk as they do not have to install sprinklers which are monitored by fire services by law.

Scott Williams said buildings of a low height with this cladding make them the "most vulnerable building in Australia."

Rodger Hills, executive officer of the Building Products Innovation Council, added that dangerous building materials "are a persistent and endemic problem in the building industry."

Labor leader Bill Shorten has said: "What we've heard today echoes what we've heard all around Australia, that we have got a real concern that it's a matter of 'when' not 'if' we could see a tragedy not dissimilar to the shocking scenes we saw in London.”