London fire: A day after the Grenfell Tower blaze in London claimed 12 lives, the media and social media is filled with questions about how could a fire spread through the 24-storey building so quickly without being checked, even as police warned that the death toll could rise. Questions are also being raised about how a fire of such magnitude happened even after residents of the building raised concern over the fire safety of the building multiple times. Metropolitan Police Chief, Commander Stuart Cundy has called the fire unprecedented. Cundy said ”Our thoughts are with those so affected by a fire on a scale that has been unprecedented”. Outrage has been expressed by the media in no uncertain terms.
According to The Guardian, David Collins a member of the ill-fated building’s resident’s association the Grenfell Action Group said that ”Our warnings fell on deaf ears, we had said that a fire accident of this nature was inevitable. It was a question of when and not if”. The BBC reported that the Grenfell action group had also told the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) that the building was a fire risk and that the site of the building severely restricted access to emergency vehicles.
The Guardian and BBC reported that the estate, as well as the building, underwent a GBP 8.6 million refurbishment which was completed in May last year. Housing activist, according to The Guardian, said that the building fire was an explosive cocktail of government cuts, mismanagement by the local authority and sheer contempt of council tenants and the homes they live in.
BBC’s Sarah Corker had reported that firefighters had worked throughout the night to dampen the fire which was still visible nearly a day after the fire first began. Corker also added that the fire brigade was using an aerial platform to go floor by floor.