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13th Jun 2019

Grenfell United beam safety warnings on towers across country

Simon Lloyd

This week sees the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell United have projected a series of messages highlighting a national fire safety crisis onto the side of tower blocks across the country.

On Wednesday night – almost exactly two years on from the Grenfell Tower fire – buildings in London, Salford and Newcastle were illuminated with messages which warned they are still not fitted with sprinkler systems, have defective fire doors or are covered in dangerous cladding.

72 people died at Grenfell Tower when the building caught fire on the night of June 14, 2017.

The cladding which covered the tower block is thought to have been a key contributor to the speed with which the fire spread.

Grenfell United, an organisation set up to represents survivors of the tragedy, continue to campaign for similar types of cladding to be removed from all buildings across the country.

‘Everyone in the UK deserves to live in a safe home,’ a statement on their website reads. ‘We are campaigning for dangerous combustible material to be removed from homes, be replaced safety and never used again.

‘And to see changes to building regulations and fire safety so that people are safe in their homes.’

Despite their campaigning, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government admitted this week that just three privately-owned tower blocks have been repaired in the last four months. As The Guardian highlight, this leaves 146 still vulnerable.