Firefighters worry they are being 'stitched up' by Grenfell inquiry

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Fire service will get most public scrutiny as its actions are examined first, union says

Firefighters fear they are being “stitched up” in the Grenfell Tower inquiry because their role has already been heavily scrutinised yet conclusions about the fire’s causes are not likely to be drawn until at least three years after the disaster that claimed 72 lives.

Matt Wrack, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, which is a core participant in the inquiry, claimed the process risked becoming a “whitewash” because ministers’ deregulation of building standards and the roles of companies involved in the tower’s £10m refurbishment will be addressed only when public interest has waned.

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