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Lakanal House Fire: ‘No fire risk assessment’ done of tower

By March 7, 2013Blog

No valid fire risk assessment was in place when a fire broke out in a south-east London tower block claiming six lives in 2009, an inquest has heard.

New rules from 2006 meant all councils were required to carry out fire risk assessments on their properties.

Chartered surveyor David Walker, an expert witness, said Southwark Council “should have prioritised” Lakanal House in Camberwell, as it was “high-risk”.

Six people, including three children, were killed in the fire in July 2009.

Catherine Hickman, 31, Dayana Francisquini, 26, and her children, six-year-old Thais, and Felipe, three, were killed in the fire.

Helen Udoaka, 34, and her three-week-old daughter Michelle also died.


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