The Public Inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower was
formally opened on 14 September. In his opening statement, the
Chair of the Inquiry Sir Martin Moore-Bick promised it will provide
answers to how the disaster could have happened in 21st
No evidence was heard on the first day but, in an opening statement, Sir Martin set out
his intention to address the Inquiry in 2 phases.
The first phase will examine how the blaze developed and spread,
the response of the emergency services and evacuation of
The second phase will examine how the building became exposed to
the risk of such a disastrous fire, the design & modifications
of the building, compliance with regulations and whether those
regulations were adequate and the response to the disaster by local
and central government.
Sir Martin also set out a detailed list of issues and questions on which
the Inquiry's investigations will focus.