Safety warnings after the Lakanal House (London) fire

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At 16:20 on 3 July 2009, a fire broke out at Lakanal House, London. Six people lost their lives in the fire, and an extensive investigation followed by the Metropolitan Police and Southwark Council.

An inquest into the deaths of the six people took place in January 2013; the inquest concluded that the fire was largely caused by ‘botched and unsafe renovation work’ and the council’s failure to inspect the building.

Under the Coroners Rules, the coroner made several recommendations to the local authority in respect of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005…

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