A TORY council leader squirmed when asked why the Grenfell Tower block was not fitted with sprinklers and shifted the blame to the distraught residents.
He said to BBC Newsnight: “I didn’t consider retrofitting sprinklers because we were told that what you try to do when you are refurbishing is to contain a fire within a particular flat so that the fire service can evacuate that flat, deal with the fire.
“There was not a collective view that all the flats should be fitted with sprinklers because that would have delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive.
“We are now talking retrospectively after the most enormous tragedy, but many residents felt that we needed to get on with the installation of new hot water systems, new boilers and that trying to retrofit more would delay the building and that sprinklers aren’t the answer.”
Witnesses described the tower block going up like a “match stick” as the fire consumed the whole building, which has killed at least 17 people.
He continued: “Of course I regret anything that we might have done differently that would have avoided this tragedy.”