On eve of Grenfell fire inquiry, figures reveal only one in 50 of UK’s social housing tower blocks have full sprinkler systems

Only 2% of the UK’s social housing tower blocks have a full sprinkler system, figures released under freedom of information have revealed on the eve of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

The request by BBC Breakfast related to half of the tower blocks owned by councils and housing associations across the UK. It found that just one in 50 had full sprinkler systems and only one in three had more than one staircase though which residents could be evacuated.

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