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Government "criminally complacent" says firefighters after another cladding fire incident

Government ‘criminally complacent’ over cladding risk

The Government has come under fire from firefighters, with accusations of being "criminally complacent" following a cladding fire incident in Wembley.

Approximately 125 firefighters and 20 fire engines responded to the fire at a building managed by housing association Octavia.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) confirmed the involvement of cladding in the incident. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, criticised the government and building companies for their complacency, citing decades of deregulation that have led to unnecessary risks to residents and firefighters.

In response, a statement on Brent Council’s website emphasised their ongoing collaboration with Octavia to ensure resident safety. The government expressed sympathy for affected residents and pledged to cooperate with relevant agencies to understand the incident's causes.

This incident underscores ongoing concerns about building safety and the risks associated with flammable cladding, particularly in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


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