Significant levels of failure within the building regulatory regime in Victoria are leading to major risks of fire-related deaths in high-rise apartment buildings, according to the leading fire protection service in that state.

In a recent report, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade says the fire that ripped up 15 stories of the Lacrosse apartment complex at the Docklands in Melbourne in 2014 demonstrates how levels of risk associated with fires in multi-storey buildings are increasing due to growing numbers of high-rise buildings being constructed,…