Tag: Grenfell Tower Fire (June, 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg Suggests Grenfell Victims Lacked ‘Common Sense’

LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons and a prominent ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggested this week that victims of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire lacked the common sense to defy firefighters’ orders and flee the building, costing them their lives. The comments, appearing to lay some blame for […]

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry Criticized for Faulting Fire Brigade

LONDON — Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and firefighters reacted angrily on Wednesday to an official inquiry into the disaster for focusing first on the shortcomings of the emergency services’ response to the 2017 blaze, not on the dangerous conditions that fed it. The government-commissioned investigation produced a nearly 900-page report, more than two […]

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Grenfell Tower Report Faults Fire Brigade’s Response

LONDON — Some of the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 would have survived if firefighters and emergency operators had not told them to stay in their apartments, according to a government report to be released on Wednesday. The 1,000-page report, which comes more than two years after the deadliest […]

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London Fire Survivors Sue in Unlikely Place: Philadelphia Court

LONDON — Hundreds of survivors and relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London have sued makers of the flammable cladding and insulation that fed the blaze in an American court, trying despite steep legal obstacles to hold the firms liable as the two-year anniversary of the fire nears. For a disaster that […]

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It’s Easy for Leaders to Make Promises After Disasters. But What Happens Next?

CreditToby Melville/Reuters CreditKim Hong-Ji/Reuters Of all the tragedies, wars, natural disasters and terrorist attacks we’ve reported on over the years, the one that even now, as I think of it, makes my knees go weak is the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea. More than 300 people died that day in 2014, and […]

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Britain Vowed Big Changes After This Tower Burned. Why Are Thousands Stuck in Firetraps?

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see if those promises were kept. LONDON — When fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in London, the flames were whisked through the […]

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