Grenfell Tower insurer ups claims estimate to $65M

The fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London

The fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London

Firefighters who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire in London say a lack of suitable equipment and a series of other failings hindered the rescue operation.

A taller 70-meter-high aerial ladder, needed for the operation, arrived at the scene of the fire several hours after the building was burning.

Soon after the fire that killed at least 80 people on 14 June, Protector estimated losses to be £25m with £20m covering the building itself and £5m for alternative housing for residents.

By the time the ladder arrived, the fire had reached the higher floors of the 67-meter-tall building.

Speaking at the Pride in London parade, Mr Khan said: "The key thing is to not detract from the great work of our fire service and the emergency services".

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Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze, the worst in the British capital since World War Two, although survivors and locals have expressed unhappiness with the government's choice of chairman for the probe, saying they were skeptical he would uncover wider issues.

"The review will tell me what she needs, what the fire service needs, and my promise to her is to make sure the London Fire service get exactly what they need".

More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines were involved in battling the blaze that engulfed the block in North Kensington, west London. I want to pay tribute to Newsnight for their report.

"All of us saw the speed of the fire spreading".

Further fire testing will be carried out as a matter of urgency after it emerged all 203 cladding samples sent in from around the country failed the tests.

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It is suspected that aluminium composite material panels on the outside of Grenfell Tower fuelled the spread of the fatal blaze, acting as kindling once the flames took hold.

"With immediate effect, any pre-determined response to a high-rise building fire was increased from four fire engines to five fire engines and one aerial appliance".

"It is important to understand that fires in high rise buildings are almost always dealt with internally, not usually needing an aerial appliance", a brigade spokesman told Newsnight.

As a result of the claims, London Fire Brigade (LFB) announced on Saturday that in future an aerial ladder will be dispatched to high-rise fires as a matter of routine.

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