BBC Investigation Discovers That Grenfell Tower Insulation Never Passed Tests

BBC Investigation Discovers That Grenfell Tower Insulation Never Passed Tests


According to a BBC investigation, the insulation on Grenfell tower that caught fire and burned out of control never passed any tests and should not have been there in the first place.

The Fire

Panorama allegedly said that Celotex, the manufacturer responsible for the insulation used in the building, used excess fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate. It’s also believed that a more flammable version was publicly sold after, with Celotex saying that they were cooperating with police and the investigation. While the company has not denied any of Panorama’s allegations, it expressed its sympathies and deepest apologies to those that have suffered from the fire.

The insulation used in the Grenfell Tower was the RS5000 insulation which releases toxic fumes when burned and contains cyanide which Panorama also believes that all 72 casualties of the fire were killed as a result of the smoke. Celotex’s product has also been used on hundreds of other buildings, with fire safety expert Arnold Tarling saying: “Well, words fail me. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This material is all over the place.”


Panorama told Celotex that the results of its actions may lead to a corporate manslaughter charge, with Celotex saying: “We fully recognise the seriousness of the Grenfell fire. It is for this reason that we believe the public inquiry and the police investigation are the right processes to consider the events leading up to the fire, and the night of the fire itself.”

Saying they wished to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of the fire and those suffering from it, they also said they were fully cooperating with police and the public. They also said: “We believe that the right forum for considering and assessing the many, complex and inter-related issues which arise in relation to the fire – and which require consideration of the involvement of all relevant parties – is through these official investigations. We do not think it is appropriate to comment any further outside of or in advance of that process.”