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London fire: Who are the victims? (Original Post) uppityperson Jun 2017 OP
Wow. Seeing the faces makes it personal, this is heartbreaking... thanks so much for posting. Rhiannon12866 Jun 2017 #1
Multicultural Britain - so many dreams, such talent lost. LuckyLib Jun 2017 #2
No one knows which expanded plastic was inside the aluminum skin Warpy Jun 2017 #3
I agee! burrowowl Jun 2017 #4

Warpy

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3. No one knows which expanded plastic was inside the aluminum skin
Tue Jun 20, 2017, 02:02 AM
Jun 2017

The cladding was Reynobond PE. A chart at their site indicated it passed the same combustion test as their more expensive FR cladding (fire resistant) but it didn't. The tests were different. The chart only said "passed" for both types.

I'm hoping it was expanded polystyrene, a common solid insulation board. When you burn the stuff, it gives off copious amounts of cyanide, meaning that people were killed quickly when smoke entered their flats, far ahead of the fire.

What I do hope is that this shit is banned forever, as it is in the US and the EU. One official said it had been banned in the UK, making me wonder if the deceptive combustion test results at the company site confused the suits who approved it.

Someone will eventually go to prison over this. I also hope that old buildings will have sprinklers as a priority over cosmetic improvements from now on.

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