Grenfell Tower: Local residents sent several safety warnings to local council

Grenfell Tower: Local residents sent several safety warnings to local council

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Residents living in the area around Grenfell Tower claim they warned the local council several times that the building was unsafe - but were ignored.

The tower block erupted in flames in the early hours of this morning, reportedly claiming several lives. Witnesses who spoke to talkRADIO's Alex Dibble said they heard people shouting "say a prayer and jump out" as the inferno spiraled out of control.

The residents had reportedly been told to stay in their homes in the event of the fire by the authorities.

The Grenfell Action Group, which says on its webpage that it works "to defend and serve the Lancaster West community" (the area around Grenfell Tower), has written this morning: "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time."

As evidence, it has posted links to several articles it has written about the tower in the past, outlining several warnings sent to the council and to the organisation who own the building, Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO).

The articles include a warning about a series of power surges, sent in May 2013; the site's owners claimed these were serious surges and were caused by faulty wiring.

The blog also claimed engineers inspecting the tower's power supply the following month found no signs of any malfunction, despite the fact property had been damaged during the surges.

The Action Group also complained of a lack of emergency parking space in January 2013, and of a lack of fire safety instructions, just three weeks ago.

The website has also reproduced a fire risk assessment from 2012, in which it is revealed that some firefighting tools located in the roof level areas "had 'condemned' written on them in large black writing with a last test date of 2009 or 2010.

The group claimed this indicated "monthly occupier inspections were not being carried out."

When contacted, TMO said there was no comment at the present time.