Suggestion that UK fire victims lacked sense draws scorn
LONDON (AP) — A group representing bereaved families of a London apartment block fire that killed 72 people is outraged over comments by a senior member of Britain's government suggesting the victims lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait for help.
Grenfell United criticized House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments as "beyond disrespectful." Rees-Mogg has apologized. The group, named after the tower bock that caught fire in June 2017, says Rees-Mogg's comments are "extremely painful and insulting to bereaved families."
A report last week concluded that fewer people would have died had building been evacuated more quickly. Inquiry chairman Martin Moore-Bick sharply criticized a fire department policy that led to residents being told to stay in their apartments rather than flee.