The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry.

TO USE the term ‘to­tal dis­be­lief’ is not strong enough.

When I came home last week I thought I had turned the TV on to a movie.

But af­ter a few sec­onds dis­be­lief turned to pain, anger and many more mixed feel­ings. I was watch­ing the Gren­fell Tower fire dis­as­ter.

How in this day and age could this hap­pen? As peo­ple es­caped the flames, fire­fight­ers sought their way into the in­ferno.

Im­ages of the twin tow­ers passed in front of me as I watched. For fire­fight­ers mak­ing their way through that build­ing, the re­al­ity of what was hap­pen­ing around them must have been ter­ri­fy­ing.

Now the truth is start­ing to come to the sur­face. Se­nior politi­cians are say­ing this fire was pre­ventable. An­other line of in­quiry tak­ing place is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a pos­si­ble cover-up as it emerged the build­ing fire hazard cladding may be il­le­gal in Bri­tain. I hope Scot­land Yard seizes all files re­lat­ing to the cat­a­strophic doomed build­ing’s £ 8.6 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment.

But I have a feel­ing some files may have van­ished al­ready.

If any­one is found guilty of caus­ing this fire or if any of­fi­cial is found to have cut cor­ners in any way, they should be brought to jus­tice and jailed.

To all those left in the af­ter­math of pain and anger who have suf­fered the loss of fam­ily and friends, my prayers are with you.

Fi­nally, let us hope our emer­gency ser­vices will never be ex­posed to this kind of in­ci­dent again.

The only way to do that is by mak­ing ev­ery at­tempt to find out if any other build­ings are at risk of suf­fer­ing the same plight and put­ting things right be­fore we face an­other apoc­a­lypse.

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