In light of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we have received a number of enquiries from the media.
First of all our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the fire, which also extends to the emergency services that, yet again, have demonstrated their World leading professionalism in response to any emergency; irrespective of the cause and severity.
Speculation on the failings in the building at such an early stage or to point an ignorant finger of blame before there has been an opportunity for an objective inspection of the evidence is misguided. We would, however, stress that an incident like this is thankfully uncommon and that there should be no immediate concern for residents living in other tower blocks.
It is being widely commented that fire spread involved the external cladding and possibly the insulation used. Only once the specific details of the wall construction are known will it be possible to say whether this contributed to the fire severity or not and hasty assumptions are not helpful to the objectivity of the investigation.
Major incidents like this are rarely the result of a single failing and although the recent refurbishment will clearly need to be examined, circumstances that lead to such a catastrophic consequence may be the result of historical work or possibly the standard and detail of the original construction.