A huge fire engulfs the 24 storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London in the early hours of this morning on June 14. (Image Credit: GETTY IMAGES)

UAE experts warn over cladding after London tower blaze

Grenfell Tower said to have similar flammable cladding as some buildings in the UAE

Fire safety experts have urged developers to check the cladding on both old and new buildings in the UAE to avoid a tragedy like the fire that engulfed a London residential tower on Wednesday morning.

At least 17 people were said to have died in the fire at the Grenfell Tower in West London at the time of writing, and the death toll is rising.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, but reports have emerged that the cladding fitted on the external walls of the 24-storey block of apartments in 2015 was of a flammable nature and contributed to the rapid spread of the flames.

The same issue has arisen in the UAE, which has suffered a spate of high-profile building fires in recent years – thankfully with no reported deaths. For example, flammable cladding was...Read more...