Grenfell Tower fire: Local council boss quits

  • 01/07/2017


The head of the local council in the London borough where at least 80 people died in a tower block fire has announced he will resign after he was criticised for the organisation's response to the disaster.

"As council leader, I have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings," Nicholas Paget-Brown, the leader of Kensington & Chelsea Council, said in a statement to media on Friday.

Every high-rise building tested by British government officials in the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno has failed to meet fire safety regulations.

The shocking reality has forced authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes. But some residents are refusing to move, because they've got nowhere to go.

At least 34 high-rise tower blocks across Britain have now been identified as a fire-risk - that's every block that's been tested. They were found to have similar cladding to that used on the Grenfell Tower, which contains material that can easily catch fire.

Reuters / Newshub.