Sprinkler systems in just 2% of social housing tower blocks, probe finds

At least 80 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire

At least 80 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire

Ahead of it, Dany Cotton - the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade - has called for sprinklers to be installed in all high-rise flats.

"They are the best protection with water systems of protecting life, and the sprinkler campaign has been growing for probably 20 years now".

The findings prompted a call by the London fire chief for the Grenfell inquiry to recommend retrofitting of sprinklers to all social housing blocks.

The issue is likely to be a focus of the Grenfell inquiry, which holds its first public hearing on Thursday.

'This can't be optional, it can't be a "nice to have", this is something that must happen.

In 2007, sprinklers were made compulsory in new-build high rises over 30 metres high in England, but there is no requirement for retrofitting to older properties.

The Fire Sector Federation has submitted its recommendations for the Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

He cited research into 2,294 fires in buildings fitted with sprinklers that found that more than 90% of fires were either controlled or extinguished by the devices.

The AJ has contacted the Department of Communities and Local Government for comment.

"The tragedy of Grenfell means the expectation is there will be a quantum leap forward as a result of the various investigations conducted by the Government and the recommendations of the public inquiry once it is done investigating".

"This included commissioning an independent review of building regulations and fire safety".

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