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Fire report into fire spread because of non-compliant cladding

A recent fire in Melbourne, Australia, has called into doubt the safety of many high-rise buildings. These building will now need to be inspected, after a report into a spectacular fire in the Docklands area exposed the use of a flammable and “non-compliant” construction material.

Aluminium cladding lined with foam has partly been blamed for the rapid spread of a blaze that took a short time to travel from the 14th floor to roof of the 23-storey Lacrosse Building last November.

Chief executive of Fire Protection Association Australia, Scott Williams, said the cladding used at the apartment tower was widely used in the construction industry, along with other materials that failed Australian design and safety standards.

An investigation has been launched into the building surveyor and LU Simon Builders after the Melbourne Fire Brigade revealed in a post-incident report on Monday that the cladding used in the facade had not been tested to Australian standards.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor