Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire


The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues.

The British government on Sunday is scrambling to contain political fallout from the London high-rise inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, police said.

The aluminum cladding - which is widely blamed for spreading the inferno that killed at least 58 early Wednesday morning - was only recently installed on the 24-story tower.

A criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is looking into manslaughter charges, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

The prince's embrace broke with royal protocol - touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes - and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

As police confirm the death toll from the blaze in the capital has reached 30, householders living in Sunderland flats are being visited by housing representatives to ease any fears they might have.

The investigations at Grenfell Tower have led police to believe the "number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for" has risen from 58, the Metropolitan Police said.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

Khan said images of the 1970's building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower previous year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted". This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

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"Today is traditionally a day of celebration". British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

But she sidestepped questions over whether she had failed to judge the public mood.

Many others have been left homeless by the blaze, which virtually destroyed the tower.

Experts say the cladding and the insulation it contained seems to have spread the flames quickly along the exterior of the building, overwhelming safety devices like fire doors. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

On Friday angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall to try to confront the leaders of the local council.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.

"£5 million has been made available for the immediate needs of the victims, it is being distributed". Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

When asked why they couldn't get access to it, she said: "Because no one's telling us where it is".

In a blog post written a year ago, the Grenfell Action Group warned of "dangerous living conditions" in the tower.

Government staff was sent into the council office to manage the response to the fire after residents complained they had received little support or information from local officials, the BBC reported Sunday.

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