The Fires That Foretold Grenfell review – five missed chances to stop a tragedy

Through the stories of blazes that predated the 2017 disaster, Jamie Roberts’ documentary illustrated the terrible price of failing to learn from mistakesPeople around the world watched in horror in 2017 as Grenfell Tower went up in flames. The conflagration ultimately claimed the lives of 72 people. But there were some for whom the tragedy was sickeningly familiar, those whose first thoughts were, as the firefighter Godfrey Cain said: “Oh my God, not again.”The Fires That Foretold Grenfell (BBC Two) looked back at five fires across 45 years, the lessons of which could have, and should have, prevented Grenfell happening. Continue reading…

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