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Fire panel chair denies conflict of interest in safety tests

The former fire chief appointed to lead an independent review into building safety measures following the Grenfell Tower disaster has told ITV News he expects the results of safety tests on building cladding to be made public as soon as possible. Former London Fire Brigade Commissioner Sir Ken Knight has also denied there is any conflict of interest between the Building Research Establishment and the construction companies that have been invited to be part of the review.


It all started around 00:54, on 14 June 2017, when Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London, caught fire.

The whole building burned for about 60 hours, until firefighters finally managed to extinguished it.

Death toll is now over 80, with more than 70 people injured.

The tower contained 129 flats at the time of the fire. And authorities are unable to trace any survivors from 23 of the flats.

The fire started, allegedly, by a faulty fridge-freezer in a fourth-floor apartment.

Even before the fire, the residences of the building expressed significant safety concerns. But nothing has been done about it.

The Conservative leader of the council Nicholas Paget-Brown said that the Grenfell Tower residents did not installed anti-fire sprinklers during the recent renovations of the building.

And that is not all that was controversial about the investigation that was done by the officials - there are now speculations about conflict of interest, regarding safety tests.