London Fire Brigade denies sign-off on Grenfell Tower refurbishment

London Fire Brigade denies sign-off of Grenfell Tower refurbishment

The service has denied reports made by the BBC

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has denied signing off the renovation of Grenfell Tower following reports it had been consulted over the refurbishment.

The BBC has seen documents claiming the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) had “close liaisons” with the fire service during the £8.6 million renovation.

According to the BBC’s documents, firefighters were reported to have been shown the tower’s fire safety features.

The service has denied these claims, saying it doesn’t have the power to “sign off” on any refurbishments.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said regular visits to buildings do occur to familiarise the workers with the layout and fire-fighting equipment, but the power to make change is not within “their powers.”

The spokesman also said the precise nature of the contact with KCTMO couldn't be confirmed as this information is now subject to a public inquiry.

The work on the tower is thought to have encased the building in flammable cladding and insulation, believed to have aided the spread of the fire when it engulfed the apartment block and killed at least 80 people.

The tower’s refurbishment is one area to be considered in the inquiry into the disaster when it begins in September.