Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

Inquest begins into Lakanal House fire - 14/01/13

After three and a half long years of waiting I am relieved that the inquest into the tragic fire at Lakanal House is finally getting started. The bereaved families must have important questions answered. Today I attended the opening proceedings of the inquest. It is vital that the inquest should address the following questions:

Why did the fire spread when the building’s design is for fires to be contained in flats?

Why, when the fire did spread, did the emergency services’ instructions remain to tell
people to stay in their homes rather than trying to get out of the block?

If those people who lost their lives had left their homes, would they have lived?

Are the faults that allowed the fire in Lakanal to spread the same for Marie Curie House?

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