Guidance that residents only evacuate if own flat is on fire is likely to be reviewed after inferno at refurbished tower

The “stay put” policy has been a cornerstone of fire safety advice for housing blocks like Grenfell Tower since the 1950s. The official guidance states that residents should only evacuate if their own flat is on fire – everyone else, generally, is thought safe to remain.

But that policy is expected to come under intense scrutiny after what fire industry experts called an “unprecedented” inferno that has so far claimed six lives with the death toll expected to rise.

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