Any doubt that the terrible – and still grossly understated – death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire was avoidable has been swept away by a bleak and deeply moving video interview by fire protection exp Arnold Tarling.
Mr Tarling breaks down in tears as he explains to an interviewer the warnings that he gave three years ago of major loss of life that would be caused if the type of panels used on Grenfell Tower were not outlawed – and of his reaction when he received a call in the early hours of 14 June to notify him of the blaze:
Another video shows just how flammable the HDPE (high density polyethylene) panels that Mr Tarling refers to are and how reckless the decision to encase a building containing hundreds of people in them. In just over 2 minutes a small fire turns into an uncontrollable blaze:
Mr Tarling is clearly a conscientious and compassionate man who feels deeply for the victims of the ‘totally avoidable’ disaster. He did his part to save lives – for the sake of those who died and those left behind, those who did not must be brought to account and the issue must not slip below the radar just because the ‘news cycle’ has begun to move on.
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