Grenfell Tower inquiry to hear evidence on why deadly fire spread

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Fresh details about how the Grenfell Tower fire took hold with such deadly effect will emerge on Monday as the inquiry into the disaster begins hearing evidence.

Expert reports detailing the cause of the inferno and why it spread so quickly are to be published as the inquiry hears an opening statement from its top lawyer.

Five reports will be made available in the morning, also examining the effectiveness of the fire protection measures within the building.

Seventy-one people were killed during the tragedy in Kensington, west London, on June 14 last year.

The fact-finding stage of the inquiry will begin with an all-day address by lead counsel Richard Millett QC, following seven days of emotional family tributes to the dead.

A provisional schedule indicates that a submission from Harley Facades, the firm which installed the cladding on Grenfell Tower, will also be read into record.

Tower block fire in London
Some 71 people died in the Grenfell Tower disaster (Natalie Oxford/PA)

Throughout the week, inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick is to hear opening statements from a range of core participants.

This will include lawyers representing survivors and bereaved families, the Metropolitan Police, Kensington and Chelsea Council and firms involved in the block’s final refit.

The hearings will take place at Holborn Bars in central London.

On Monday reports are expected to be released from:

-Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, who will analyse the “the cause and spread of the fire in the flat of origin and the spread of fire within and out of that compartment”.

-Professor Luke Bisby, who will provide insight into “the ignition of the facade materials (including the cladding and insulation) and the fire spread over the building’s external facade”.

-Dr Barbara Lane, who will give evidence on “the fire protection measures within the building and preliminary conclusions on the extent to which they failed to control the spread of fire and smoke and contributed to the speed at which the fire spread”.

-Professor Jose Torero, who will give findings on the spread of the fire through the building.

-Colin Todd, who will review the “different statutory and regulatory requirements in force over the lifetime of Grenfell Tower”.

Both the reports’ release and the inquiry hearing will take place at 10am.

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