Cladding was ‘spitting and sparking’ less than 15 minutes after firefighters’ arrival

Less than 15 minutes after arriving at the Grenfell Tower fire, a senior firefighter reported that the building’s external cladding was “spitting and sparking” like magnesium and catching alight “at a rapid rate”.

The remarks are recorded in the detailed, official log of the fire’s progress collected by the London fire brigade (LFB), which has been published for the first time by the inquiry into the blaze that claimed 72 lives on 14 June last year.

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