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Fire chiefs’ failures led to more Grenfell Tower deaths: Scathing official report slams brigade for ‘stay put’ policy that prevented a full evacuation

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Systematic failures by the London Fire Brigade caused a greater number of deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno, a damning official report into the tragedy concluded.

The report found that fire chiefs’ slavish adherence to the controversial ‘stay put’ policy prevented residents from escaping.

It is thought that up to 55 of the 72 people who died were told to stay in flats for almost two hours after the first 999 call, despite flames spreading with terrifying speed through flammable cladding.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the retired judge who chaired the public inquiry, found that a full evacuation should have been implemented at least an hour before the order was given.