london - According to the mayor of the British capital, the lethal tower fire in London could have been avoided. Sadiq Khan said Sunday according to the BBC that the tragedy was actually caused by local government and successive governments, which would have been guilty of 'years of neglect.'
Khan made that ruling after a church service in which the victims were commemorated. He showed understanding for citizens who are angry with the authorities. 'People feel that the council and government do not understand their concerns and are not interested in it,' concluded the mayor. He called the inferno a result of 'the mistakes and neglect by politicians. '
Shortly after the disaster, there were conflicts over the Grenfell Tower burned by fire for years. Residents had complained about the lack of fire safety, but with that criticism nothing would have been done. The emotions are therefore high. Dozens of furious protesters stormed the office of the London suburb of Kensington and Chelsea on Friday.
The mayor wrote Sunday's poll in the Observer that the fatal fire also has consequences for tens of thousands of residents of similar flats. They wonder if they are still safe. Khan did not rule out that such outdated apartment buildings from the sixties and seventies went into the aftermath of the fire against the plain.