Grenfell Fire

Grenfell: the perfect storm of failings that led to fire disaster

A new book about the Grenfell blaze details how some of the issues which preceded the London tower block tragedy have yet to be rectified – and examines the difference between legal and moral responsibility in modern capitalism

The Grenfell Tower fire in west London in 2017: 72 people died in the blaze. Picture: Shutterstock

On May 11, 2017, Peter Apps, who was then the news editor of Inside Housing, a major English building industry magazine, published a story called “A stark warning: the Shepherd's Bush tower block fire”.

It was an examination of how a fire had, the previous year, broken out in a block of apartments in Shepherd’s Bush, spread quickly up the building, and how it went wrong and what could be learned.

As well as interviewing ...