Fire at fac­tory owned by Gren­fell panel pro­ducer

The Sunday Telegraph - - News -

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.

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