The Fires That Foretold Grenfell

A 60 minute special from BBC TWO which revisits the haunting tales of five fires that foretold the Grenfell disaster. For those unaware of this tragedy it was a fire which broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24 story Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London. The blaze caused 72 deaths and more than 70 others were injured, 223 people were lucky enough to escape. It was the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since 1988.

This moving film pieces together memories of survivors, those bereaved, fire fighters, safety experts and the politicians linked to five intensely fierce fire disasters that preceded Grenfell. Through this collection of interviews and archive footage we become acutely aware of how these incidents gave clear warnings for the potential of future disasters and how they predicted a Grenfell-type inferno happening in Britain.

The five fires revisited include:

  • Summerland disaster, Douglas, Isle of Man (1973)
  • Knowsley Heights fire, Liverpool (1991)
  • Garnock Court fire, Irvine, N Ayrshire (1999)
  • Harrow Court fire, Stevenage, Herts (2005)
  • Lakanal House, London (2009).
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