The point is they were told by the professionals to stay put. I can’t understand this and has been something I’ve thought about a lot since the enquiry was published.
I’ve never, ever been in a fire drill where it wasn’t standard procedure to gather at some pre-designated place OUTSIDE the building. This includes high rise offices as well as a high rise residence I stayed in briefly in USA.
It seems to have been the fire brigade that were lacking common sense in this case. One wonders how such a standard policy could have ever developed. Ok, while it was just a fire in one flat kitchen and they thought it was under control, fair enough. As soon as they realised it had spread outside unexpectedly ‘safety first’ should have kicked in immediately with an orderly evacuation of the building. Surely.