Friday, June 16, 2017
According to news reports since the fire, the answer, in part, seems to lie in cladding that was applied to the building as part of a refurbishment completed last year. Described as "rain screen cladding," it was added partly to improve the appearance of the building. A London newspaper has suggested that the cladding was to make the raw concrete tower less ugly when seen from new luxury housing nearby.
It seems the cladding was almost entirely decorative. In retrospect, a really stupid idea. I'm in London at the moment and the fire is all over the news. The people in the fire never had much of a chance. Reports of children screaming as they burned and many others are heartbreaking.