Fears have emerged that new plastic cladding was a main factor in the Grenfell Tower inferno and caused the housing block to ‘light up like a matchstick’ as twelve people are confirmed dead in the blaze.
The rain-proof cladding was installed at the tower in White City, west London, in May 2016 as part of a £10million refurbishment but claims say it helped the fire spread quickly from the fourth to 27th floor.
Dozens are missing in the wake of the fire, with residents saying that ‘nobody on the top three floors have survived’.
Eighteen people are fighting for their lives in a critical condition with 78 people taken to six different hospitals across London.
Planning documents have revealed the cladding was added so the tower would be more visually pleasing when seen from the nearby flats in neighbouring affluent suburbs.
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