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FBU blasts ‘endless delays’ to the Grenfell inquiry

THE Fire Brigades Union has criticised the “endless delays” to the inquiry and said that it “must finally learn what led to Grenfell becoming such a death trap.”

The June 2017 fire killed 72 residents and displaced hundreds of people.

General secretary Matt Wrack said: “The survivors deserve much better than this glacial pace of progress.

“Firefighters underwent immense scrutiny during phase one, while corporate witnesses have had years to prepare and will not have their evidence used against them in criminal prosecutions; a protection afforded to no firefighter.

“This inquiry should leave no stone unturned and we must finally learn what led to Grenfell becoming such a death trap, so those responsible can be held to account.”

The inquiry’s first phase examined the events of the night the fire broke out in the council-owned residential tower block.

The second phase is focusing on the causes of the fire with opening submissions from contractors, subcontractors and specialists who were involved in the refurbishment of the tower.

The inquiry will now begin “module 1 hearings” involving around 40 witnesses.

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