Residents warned of 'catastrophic' Grenfell Tower block fire three years ago - but pleas 'fell on deaf ears'

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Grenfell Tower, in west London, has been destroyed by fire - EPA

An action group at a west London tower block ravaged by fire have said their warnings fell on "deaf ears" after highlighting safety concerns about the block.

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The cause of the blaze at the Grenfell tower, north Kensington, is not known, but a blog post from the Grenfell Action Group from November 2016 said "only a catastrophic event" would expose issues residents had.

Several hundred people would have been in the block when the fire was reported at 1.15am on Wednesday, while 30 have been taken to hospital.

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The group said there was one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures at the building.

Remaining fire burns at the Grenfell Tower apartment block in North Kensington Credit: EPA

Following the fire, the group posted: "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time."

The group claimed access to the building was "severely restricted" for emergency services and other vehicles and that residents were advised to stay in their flats in case of fire.

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