From a comment –
I’m sitting watching the event on t.v. I am trying to work out how this is possible. I spent 25 years going up and down every tower block in Edinburgh and find it inconceivable that this could happen.
Tower blocks are concrete, austere structures and very little can go on fire. Improvements have been made over the years to combustible materials. For example old wooden doors replaced with composite fire doors etc.
It means fire can be compartmentalized and slowed down considerably (not eliminated).
I’ve seen electrical fires in houses, stairs etc. I’ve seen a motorbike driven into a block and set alight. I’ve seen palladiin bins lit and everything else in between.
Therefore, the idea the whole block alight within minutes seems very strange.
I couldn’t help thinking of the great fire of London though.
It is a sad indictment that ones first thought is suspicion and despite what the news may report, feel a little uneasy about the event.
A final thought. Sir Christopher Wren submitted his plans for the building of The City Of London at the end of August 1666. A week later……….
TAP – If this was an op, it is beyond outrageous. Many have died. It seems like it’s coming in a string of other events, which immediately makes it suspicious. The building was well known to be appallingly badly managed by Kensington & Chelsea tenant management organisation. How as that allowed to happen? The local Tenants Action Group has much to say on that – before the fire took place.
It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.
From the KTCTMO’s google page
They must be well connected into the Satanic system, Freemasonry etc. The Chief Executive is Robert Black.
There can be no better example of corrupt power and lack of scrutiny than the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation. The Council’s long-arm landlord has made the life of tenants and leaseholders a misery for many years and instead of being held to account by the Local Authority the TMO enjoy an unholy relationship that allows them to act with impunity. Anyone seeing the heartless RBKC Head of Housing, Laura Johnson and the sleazy TMO Director, Robert Black, together will realise that accountability, scrutiny and justice for victims of the TMO are very low priorities indeed.
However, a recent post on the excellent Hornet’s Nest website has attracted in excess of 100 comments all of which paint the TMO in an appalling light and suggest that actions maybe afoot to end the TMO’s reign of terror.
Among the comments listed there are some serious allegations leveled at senior members of the TMO Board that include charges that Cllr Maighread Condon Simmonds has used her position at the TMO to award a gardening prize to a friend who does not even have a personal garden and that she has helped her favorite gardener at the TMO to access lucrative contracts through the Area Review Board fund. There are also serious allegations made about the storage of pornography on TMO computers, the objectification of women, bullying and intimidation and of false accounting.
The comments on the Hornet’s Nest also go on to give details of Robert Black’s Linkedin page that show he has no formal academic qualifications to run a large social housing operation and that the man is not even capable of correctly spelling words like “business” and “authorities”. For someone who is happy to put his hand out and accept a salary approximate to that of the Prime Minister one would expect some proper qualifications (outside of attending an art school and graduating with a Diploma in Art) or at least the basic ability to use the English language in its correct form:
KCTMO chief Executive Robert Black with the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Finally, there is a call on the Hornet’s Nest blog for victims of the TMO to get active and find a way to dis-empower the TMO Board and to bring in people who have the necessary empathy and qualifications to run our properties in a respectful and professional manner and to put an end to the cosy relationship between certain TMO Board Members and the RBKC (Presumably ‘Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’). There is talk of an organising meeting and a petition calling for the sacking of the TMO Board. The Grenfell Action Group understand as well as any the impact of the mini mafia who pretend to be a proper functioning organisation but instead make it their business to go after any residents who have the temerity to stand up to them and we will be publishing details of any future meetings or petitions here on our blog. The days of the TMO running rough shod over tenants and leaseholders maybe coming to an end and we intend to help expose the abuse and ill-treatment of our community until someone in power takes notice and holds the guilty to account at the TMO.
THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED!
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE WESTWAY TRUST?
The Grenfell Action Group believes that the Westway Trust has become a morally corrupt and unhealthy proxy of RBKC that seeks to disenfranchise the residents of North Kensington and marginalise, rather than empower, local residents. It appears to have morphed in recent years into a body that exists solely to collude with the Council’s gentrification of North Kensington while providing lucrative employment opportunities for its own senior management, filling these roles mostly with ex-employees of ‘Vital Regeneration’. We do not believe that the current actions of the Westway Trust are consistent with those of a bona fide local charity and that the inflated salaries they pay and their profligate spending of public money on marketing and PR is highly questionable and nothing short of immoral.