Summary of “The Year the Grenfell Tower Fire Revealed the Lie That Londoners Tell Themselves”

Grenfell Tower looked like something much smaller-a charred electrical component, or a destroyed grill-implausibly magnified.
People were sharing blog posts written by a local tenants organization, the Grenfell Action Group, that had warned of blocked passageways, condemned fire extinguishers, and other hazards dating back to 2013.
The tower, which had a hundred and twenty-nine apartments, had been refurbished the previous year and covered with a form of aluminum cladding that is banned in the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe as a fire risk.
Six days after the fire, the police and the fire brigade would confirm only that seventeen people were missing.
Most images of the fire show Grenfell Tower standing in isolation, seemingly visible across the city in fact, the streetscape around the tower is closely packed with townhouses, low-rise apartment blocks, and, in early summer, the spreading canopy of trees.
What Smith sensed in the days after the Brexit vote, the Grenfell Tower fire revealed with a terminal clarity.
Forty years later, the apparently botched refurbishment of the tower, which was home to around three hundred people, of whom around a quarter are now dead, did not include a sprinkler system, or new fire escapes, which they had requested.
Grenfell Tower was slowly being covered in white panels, ahead of its demolition, next year.

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