Canadian Contractor

London Fire

The deaths of at least 81 people in an apartment fire in London in early June was a tragedy that unfolded in real time on people’s television screens.


August 24, 2017
By Dave Gray

The deaths of at least 81 people in an apartment fire in London in early June was a tragedy that unfolded in real time on people’s television screens. The deeper tragedy is that a recent renovation seems to have been to blame for the rapid spread of flames that eventually engulfed the entire 24-storey complex. A non-fire resistant cladding was recently installed on the building. The flames spread rapidly across the exterior of the building, trapping dozens inside. Early estimates were that the cladding cost about $3.40 per square metre less than a fire-rated version.

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