It took 165 minutes for the high-rise building to burn in the epic 1974 Steve McQueen movie “The Towering Inferno.”

However, these days, in one instance in Victoria, a 21-storey building with aluminium clad panels became engulfed in flames from the 8th to 21st storeys in approximately 15 minutes. This calls into question the fire rating of high-rise aluminium panel cladding from both a material aspect and a fixing aspect….