Subsidiary of Local Company Named in Liability Suit Over Grenfell Tower Fire in London

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Image of the Grenfell Tower fire in London via YouTube.

Celotex – whose corporate parent, French manufacturer Saint-Gobain, has its U.S. headquarters in Malvern – is one of the companies named in a liability suit alleging that faulty building materials helped spread fire at London’s Grenfell Tower two years ago, writes Maryclaire Dale for The Associated Press.

The fire killed 72 people. Around 250 survivors and families of victims have joined the suit filed in a state court in Philadelphia.

“This fire originated and spread because of decisions made in the United States by United States corporations that prioritized profits over safety,” said attorney Robert Mongeluzzi.

According to Jeffrey Goodman, another lawyer for the plaintiffs, the insulation by Celotex released cyanide gas that was responsible for killing several of the victims and caused lasting injuries to many of the survivors.

The product has since been pulled from the market.

In addition to Celotex, the suit names refrigerator maker Whirlpool and Arconic, a Pittsburgh-based cladding manufacturer.

Celotex issued a statement on the suit, extending sympathies to the victims and pledging its cooperation with the public inquiry in London. The company also noted that its insulation was only one element of the tower’s cladding system.

Read more about the suit from The Associated Press here.

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