|Property Management Company Blamed For London Apartment Fire
Recently, the Grenfell tower in London was consumed by flames in which over 6 people are now feared dead or presumed dead. The initial cause of the fire is still under investigation, however experts are looking at the outer layer of the building called 'Cladding'. This outer layer was part of an $11 Million dollar renovation last year in an effort to make the exterior of the building more energy efficient as well as water resistant.
In 2016 a newsletter sent by the management company went out to residents of the building directing them in case of fire to put a wet towel by the front door and wait for rescue to arrive. Sadly, many waited too long before trying to evacuate. In November, a group called Grenfell Action Group said on its website that “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants.”
Former chairman of residents’ association David Collins, said he was not surprised by the deadly blaze given years of "mismanagement, neglect and bullying" by the property management company.
Yet other residents were blaming rescue officials for not doing all they could to rescue those trapped in the burning building. Some overheard rescue teams telling those in higher floors to stay put, and not move.
As the investigation unfolds, property management companies should take note of this tragedy as there are many lessons to be learned from both a safety and business perspective.