Tower block father’s fury at council’s fire safety breaches

The father of one of the Camberwell tower block fire victims today called for “justice to be done” after details emerged of fire regulation breaches by Southwark council.

Documents reveal that Southwark failed to carry out a ‘sufficient’ fire risk assessment on three blocks similar to Lakanal House, where six people died on 03 July 2009.

Phillip Hickman, whose daughter Catherine, 31, died in the blaze, has accused the council of attempting to “close ranks and smother the truth”.

He said: “There has to be someone to blame. The council say they are doing building works on these other blocks now, but they should have done their job before the fire”.

A safety report on the other blocks found doors were not ‘fire-resisting’ and ‘inadequate maintenance’.

Reproduced from an article on Page 11 of the London Lite newspaper dated 08 September 2009.