Series of failings led to deaths in tower block blaze Daily Echo [Fashionable]5/17/2013 10:57:35 AM
´╗┐Series of failings led to deaths in tower block blaze Daily Echo THE JURY at an inquest into the deaths of six people including a Hampshire fashion designer who were killed in a tower block blaze have said a series of failings led to their deaths. They identified a number of factors which contributed to the victims' deaths and said there were "numerous opportunities" to carry out fire safety checks inside the building. Dayana Francisquini, 26, and her children, six-year-old Thais, and Felipe, three, were among the victims of the fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south-east London, in July 2009. Helen Udoaka, 34, her three-week-old daughter Michelle and 31-year-old Catherine Hickman who grew up near Romsey were also killed. They all lived on the 11th floor. The jury returned a unanimous narrative verdict at a "super inquest" into the deaths at Lambeth Town Hall today. They said Southwark Council was responsible for a "serious failure" over materials used in Ms Hickman's flat which were below the required standard for fire safety, the jury found. The jurors also found that London Fire Brigade personnel who took emergency calls from some of the victims failed to react to the situation when they told them to stay where they were. It would have been possible for them to escape without assistance, according to the jurors. Miss Hickman was found near her front door clutching her keys, the inquest heard. The designer, who grew up in Hampshire and has two younger sisters, worked at an exclusive boutique in Notting Hill, north London, with a client list including Kylie Minogue and Paris Hilton.


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