But the response was criticised by the fireman, who said: “It really annoyed me straight afterwards because everyone was … ‘this fire is unprecedented’. We had a lot of that. I think that’s [the] narrative that they want you to think because that kind of suggests that no one’s responsible.
“But the warning signs were there. We could have learnt these lessons. The stuff that the Coroner recommended from Lakanal House would have given Michael the tools he needed to recognise that that building was not acting how it should have acted. We could see this coming.”
The London Fire Brigade said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with the Grenfell community. It’s essential to understand what happened on the night.
“We are listening, we are learning and already making changes. We all need to learn about the cause and response to the fire to prevent such an incident happening again.
“We strongly believe drawing conclusions before the public inquiry, police investigation and our own investigation, could be prejudicial, which is why we could not take part in this programme.
“Our staff acted on what they faced that night and not on what we have learnt subsequently about why and how the fire spread with such devastating consequences.”
Grenfell: Did The Fire Brigade Fail? will be shown on Channel 4 at 8pm on Monday 18 February.