The following is an excerpt from Eline Gordts | June 18, 2017 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Last week’s deadly fire in a 24-story apartment building in London’s west was a “preventible accident” caused by years of neglect, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday.
The fierce blaze that raged through Grenfell Tower, a public housing tower in London’s well-off Kensington neighborhood, killed more than 50 people and left hundreds homeless. Residents have voiced outraged at Britain’s government and local authorities following Wednesday’s tragedy, both for failing to prevent the fire and for the poor relief effort in its wake.
“People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council,” Mayor Khan said after a local church service in memory of the victims on Sunday, according to the BBC.
“There’s a feeling that the council and government don’t understand their concerns and don’t care,” the mayor added.
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