We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers.
Type: Talk Show
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 5 minutes
Spark: Fire Up Your Future - Grenfell Tower fire - Netflix
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, West London, United Kingdom. It caused 72 deaths out of 293 people recorded present in the building, including 2 who later died in hospital. Over 70 others were injured. Occupants of 23 of 129 flats died and 223 people escaped. Inquests for 70 victims have been opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court. Emergency services received the first report of the fire at 00:54 local time. It burned for about 60 hours until finally being extinguished. More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations all across London in efforts to control the fire. Over 100 London Ambulance Service crews on at least 20 ambulances attended, joined by the specialist Hazardous Area Response Team. The Metropolitan Police Service and London's Air Ambulance also assisted the rescue effort. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry began on 14 September 2017 to investigate the causes of the fire, and other related issues. Police and fire services believe the fire was started by a malfunctioning fridge-freezer on the fourth floor. The rapid spread of the fire has been attributed to the building's exterior cladding, a type in widespread use. An independent review of building regulations and fire safety was published on 17 May 2018.
Spark: Fire Up Your Future - Polyisocyanurate insulation - Netflix
The refurbishment also used an insulation foam product named Celotex RS5000, installed behind the cladding. Police said this insulation proved “more flammable than the cladding”. According to its datasheet, the polyisocyanurate (PIR) product—charred pieces of which littered the area around Grenfell Tower after the fire—“will burn if exposed to a fire of sufficient heat and intensity”. PIR insulation foams “will, when ignited, burn rapidly and produce intense heat, dense smoke and gases which are irritating, flammable and/or toxic”, among them carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. The fire toxicity of polyisocyanurate foams has been well understood for some time. At least three survivors were treated for cyanide poisoning. Simultaneous exposure to carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide is more lethal than exposure to the gases separately. Celotex's Rainscreen Compliance Guide, when specifying Celotex RS5000 in buildings above 18 metres (59 ft), sets out the conditions under which the product was tested and for which it has been certified as meeting the required fire safety standards. These include the use of (non-combustible) 12 mm fibre cement rainscreen panels, ventilated horizontal fire breaks at each floor slab edge and vertical non-ventilated fire breaks. It states that any changes from the tested configuration “will need to be considered by the building designer”.
Spark: Fire Up Your Future - References - Netflix