FirstEnergy Stadium panels said to be flammable pose no risk to Browns fans, says Cleveland inspector

FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)
FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)
FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)
FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)
FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)
FirstEnergy Stadium Aluminum Panels (source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The same aluminum panels that burned in the fatal London apartment building fire at FirstEnergy Stadium do not pose a safety threat to people in Cleveland's stadium, according to the city's building inspector.

A CBS News article said FirstEnergy Stadium has the same aluminum panels that burned in the fatal London apartment building fire that killed more than 80 people.

FirstEnergy Stadium is a city owned facility and after the story broke Thursday morning, Chief Building Inspector Thomas Vanover appeared at a news conference.

"There is zero risk to the fans and I can say that with utter confidence," Vanover said at the gates of the stadium Thursday afternoon.

Vanover explained the panels installed at FirstEnergy Stadium used a different system than what was used in London at the Grenfell Tower. In London the panels were installed on top of a polypropylene insulation.

Vanover said polypropylene is extremely flammable. The aluminum panels installed at FirstEnergy Stadium, in a half dozen different areas, may in fact be the same as the ones at Grenfell, but in Cleveland they were mounted onto a noncombustible set of metal grids.

Vanover also explained the codes in the United States are much stricter than in London and systems like sprinklers, alarms and escape areas are yet another reason that fans, "Should feel as safe as any other structure," when they attend Browns games this season.

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