Another towering inferno ignites on east coast

Ah, flammable cladding. Canberra this time, via the AFR:

Residents of a Canberra high-rise apartment building avoided potential tragedy this month when a smouldering cigarette ignited combustible cladding on the wall and balcony of a second-level unit.

Five firefighting vehicles rushed to Glebe Park Apartments on the afternoon of August 7 after the cigarette butt set fire to a cloth-covered sofa on the apartment balcony and the fire spread to the 100 per cent polyethylene-core panels on the building at 15 Coranderrk Street.

…Local media have reported the fire, but the presence of combustible cladding has not yet been disclosed. Fire authorities referred questions about the building’s cladding to the developer and builder. Developer Amalgamated Property Group did not respond to a request for comment.

This is the third such fire in as many years. Previously from The Age:

This morning’s apartment fire was at the Neo200 building on Spencer Street. The building is 41 storeys and features 371 residential apartments.

The building’s construction was completed in 2007 by LU Simon, according to the building’s website.

The same builder was involved in the Lacrosse building, which was devastated by fire in 2014…

FB chief officer Dan Stephens has told media that the Spencer Street building is cladded in the same materials involved in the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people in London in 2017.

“It is my understanding that the building is cladded with aluminium composite materials, the sort of cladding that was on the Grenfell Tower,” he said…

MFB chief Dan Stephens said the fire started on the 22nd floor and quickly spread seven floors to the 29th.

It is estimated that there are at least 10k thousand of these multi-story tinder boxes on the east coast.  Authorities have hidden the truth of which and where to preserve property prices. The remediation bill is massive. Insurance is in flames. Nobody can face the real cause, a mass immigration driven collapse in building standards. The Greens want a taxpayer bailout. It’s classic Straya.

Burn, baby, burn, it’s an apartment inferno!

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