Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Grenfell fire: Police consider manslaughter charges as cause of blaze revealed

Grenfell fire: Police consider manslaughter charges as cause of blaze revealed

An estimated 600 tower blocks across the country have facia cladding similar to that used in Grenfell Tower.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters that "we are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards". Documents from a number of organizations have been seized.

NO council or housing association high-rise block in Scotland has cladding of the type said to have been used in the Grenfell Tower.

She says: "Why have they left it 'til half past eight on Friday night to start getting residents out?" Police confirmed the fire had not been started deliberately. To help the recovery effort, police will install an elevator on Grenfell Tower's exterior next week, McCormack said.

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While the new information provides details about the fire's source, McCormack said investigators are working to determine why the blaze spread so quickly and with such tragic effects.

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Referring to the tiles and insulation on the outside of the building, which have been widely blamed for the rapid spread of the flames, she said: "All I can say at the moment is they don't pass any safety tests".

The cladding was installed on the council-owned building as part of a refurbishment completed a year ago.

Business Minister Margot James wrote to trade associations representing all major household appliance manufacturers last week outlining the government's expectation of action by their members should a household appliance be found to have played a part in the Grenfell Tower fire.

"We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved-ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families", Whirlpool said in a statement.

"Such are our safety concerns on the outcome of those tests, we have shared our data with the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and we have ensured that information data has been shared with every council".

McCormack affirmed the police counted 79 people as being presumed to be dead, with nine lifeless bodies already formally identified, but noted that she personally feared there were more. The local council in Camden, a borough of London, removed cladding from one of its buildings for further testing after tests they commissioned showed some of their panels were of the flammable variety - and not the ones they ordered.

On Friday, the Premier Inn hotel chain said it was "extremely concerned" about the cladding used on three of its hotels, London's Evening Standard reported.

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