London High Rise Fire Raises Questions
I watched with interest a a live video feed of a fire in a London high rise building that actually looked like it should have been a movie - not live footage. The 24 story building was recently remodeled - as of Thursday 17 people had been found dead in the building and authorities were predicting that number to rise as they searched the building further.
I will preface this statement by saying that buildings shouldn't burn but from my experience - buildings that are burning shouldn't burn like that building burned.
Thursday morning, this news article was published indicating that flammable cladding had been put on the exterior of the building as part of a major building renovation. The same cladding was involved in a deadly fire in Australia several years ago.
Incidents like these should remind us of why fire and building codes exist and need to be enforced. Hopefully the world will learn from these two major disasters and remember that code language exists for a reason.