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'Grenfell tragedy means sprinkler campaign will leap forward', says Jim Fitzpatrick MP

13 Septembre 2017

Commissioner Dany Cotton, who was at the scene of the blaze, told the BBC that retrofitting fire sprinkler systems in residential towers should be one of the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

"They are the best protection with water systems of protecting life, and the sprinkler campaign has been growing for probably 20 years now".

Sir Martin Moore-Bick will provide an opening statement to set out the approach to the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and how it will operate tomorrow at The Connaught Rooms in London.

'Grenfell should be a turning point, ' she said.

"This can't be optional, it can't be a "nice to have" - this is something that must happen". #Grenfell must lead to change.

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In 2007, sprinklers were made compulsory in new-build high rises over 30 metres high in England, but there is no requirement for retrofitting to older properties.

Following the death of six people in the Lakanal House fire in south London in 2009, a coroner recommended that the government should encourage housing providers to retrofit sprinkler systems.

A large number of industry bodies and trade organisations have submitted recommendations to the inquiry and the Government has stated it will act on all subsequent findings from the investigation.

The BBC questioned 56 local authorities and housing associations in towns and cities and received responses relating to about half of the UK's estimated 4,000 tower blocks.

'Grenfell tragedy means sprinkler campaign will leap forward', says Jim Fitzpatrick MP