Last edited 26 Apr 2024

Grenfell Tower index

This article provides an index of key articles about the Grenfell Tower Fire. For more detail about the background and consequences of the fire, see our main Grenfell Tower article.

On 14 June 2017, a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower, a block of social housing flats in North Kensington, London. The Metropolitan Police reported that 350 people were living in the Tower at the time. 72 people died.

The source of the fire is thought to have been a fridge freezer, and the unexpected speed of the fire’s spread is believed to have been contributed to by the recently-installed exterior cladding, a kind that has been cited as contributing to similar fires in high-rise buildings around the world in recent years. On 16 June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry would be held, and that urgent safety reviews would be conducted into thousands of similar tower blocks.

There have been very serious consequences for the construction industry, including the introduction of new primary and secondary legislation, the creation of new roles and responsibilities, and remediation of buildings with a similar design to Grenfell Tower.

Key articles about Grenfell Tower on this site include:

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