Fire at factory owned by Grenfell panel producer
A factory owned by the maker of Grenfell Tower’s cladding panels has caught fire. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the production plant of Arconic in Exeter just before 1.30am yesterday.
The US firm produces the Reyno-bond PE panels, used as one component of the west London block’s cladding during a refurbishment.
It is suspected that the material, which is coated in aluminium but has a plastic, flammable core, helped fuel the blaze in June. Fire crews rushed to the factory on Kestral Way following reports of a fire in the casting plant at its foundry section. No one was hurt.