A horrific fire at the Grenfell Tower in London claimed at least 17 lives. The death toll, however, is expected to rise.
Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, it has been suggested that a modification to the exterior of the building caused the fire to spread rapidly from floor to floor.
Recently added environmental cladding, or exterior insulation, created what some are describing as a “chimney effect” that resulted in the fire spreading rapidly.
In 2015, the entire building was clad with an environmentally-friendly exterior as part of a $13 million retrofit.
“I have never seen a fire that has engulfed an entire building like this in a career of more than 30 years,” Matt Wrack, who heads the Fire Brigades Union, said.
Despite government officials warning about the risks of the environmental cladding since as far back as 1999, but it has still installed on an estimated 30,000 buildings.
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
It’s not a stretch to say that environmentalists were partly responsible for the death of at least 17 people (and likely many more) when a fire engulfed a high-rise building Wednesday in London.
The cause of the fire is known, but the environmental cladding – or exterior insulation – created what The Daily Caller is describing as a “chimney effect” that cause the fire to rapidly spread upwards. The Grenfell Tower was clad in the environmentally friendly exterior in 2015 as part of a $13 million retrofit.