The building collapse in Miami seemed to get surprisingly little news coverage on social media up until today. I first saw it reported as a “partial building collapse” which doesn’t really cover what a horrible disaster it was.
It says 99 are missing on that Twitter thread, but I think the number has actually gone up since then. Four are confirmed dead. And there seems to be so little anyone can do except wait for the fire department to do their jobs, jobs which are obviously slow and agonising for everyone involved. I suppose it’s not impossible that people have survived under the rubble but it seems so unlikely past the 24 hour mark.
There is actually a post here of organisations you can donate to, I note they’re already overwhelmed with physical donations which is good but still heartbreaking.
As a Brit I suppose it might even go without saying that this reminds me of the Grenfell Tower disaster, another case of profits being put before safety. Please do better than us when it comes to punishing the people who let it happen, America.
The government’s target to remove the potentially lethal ACM (aluminium composite material) cladding which caused the Grenfell disaster from all residential buildings was June 2020. This target still hasn’t been met and one of these buildings, New Providence Wharf, is now on fire.
14 separate companies and individuals with links to construction companies using ACM cladding on buildings have donated nearly £4m to the Conservative Party since 2006.
Disabled residents of Grenfell Tower have told a public inquiry that no-one discussed with them how to escape the 24-storey building in an emergency. One woman said it took her 30 minutes to walk down from her 20th floor flat when lifts were not working. Lawyers for residents and the…
Today marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed so many people. Justice still hasn’t been done, there’s been no arrests. So I thought I’d repost what I did for the first anniversary, a list of all the victims and the details of their lives which the wider world got to know about in the worst of circumstances. I plan to do it every year now, I think.
I hope it’s helpful for anyone who stumbles across it, even though it’s just some research done by someone who wasn’t there. I hope it’s good enough.
Grenfell United, the survivors and bereaved families group, said: ‘It’s a sad day when bereaved and survivors are asked to weigh up the need for truth and need for justice.
‘The past few weeks have been very difficult and this decision still makes us nervous. We can’t help but worry about how this will impact prosecutions later. It is clear that corporate lawyers are playing every trick in the book.
‘The inquiry is about getting to the truth so that lessons are learnt and the government can make changes. We take part to make sure there will never be another Grenfell and people are safe in their homes.
As you may know, a thousand-page report regarding Grenfell Tower has been released. I did once live in a building with appalling fire safety standards, but not anymore and I don’t live in London. I woke up the morning afterwards to see the horrible news. It’s still horrible, and at the moment I think the most sensible thing I can do is pass on the words of Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke. He does live there, and one of his friends lost their niece in the fire.