Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

Trevor Jackson
June 24, 2017

Some 800 households in five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in Camden are being moved to temporary accommodation after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, council leader Georgia Gould said.

London authorities began inspecting buildings near Grenfell Tower where the fire broke out and injured several people.

The overnight fire rapidly engulfed Grenfell Tower, with flames shooting up the outside of the building, raising concerns that the cladding material attached to the concrete block didn't comply with fire-safety rules.

"Until the panels have all been removed, we will carry out 24/7 fire safety patrols on the estate's corridors to reassure residents and carry out enhanced fire safety checks". We will also be working with residents to test white goods (PAT testing), assessing fire doors in properties and we will be providing fire safety advice to residents.

The revelation comes after today's confirmation from the Metropolitan Police that the Hotpoint fridge, model number FF175BP, started the fire.

"It did not feel like a situation yesterday where they were going to be evacuating people but clearly they discovered something".

Nine of those who died on 14 June has been formally identified so far.

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London police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire.

A spokesman for the firm said: "In view of the focus on rainscreen cladding systems and the insulation forming part of them, Celotex believes that the right thing to do is to stop the supply of Celotex RS5000 for rainscreen cladding systems in buildings over 18 metres tall with immediate effect, including in respect of ongoing projects, pending further clarity".

Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless said: "Naturally it's concerning if any of our buildings are coated in the same material as the Grenfell Tower but fortunately we do not have many high rises in the city".

May said Friday that "she will work with and support the emergency services and relevant authorities to safeguard the public".

Edward Strange said: "We've had two fires here since the cladding was put on and both fires didn't spread so I don't see what the problem is".

Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings - at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations.

Police says 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change. Along with Manchester, only Camden and Plymouth have been identified among this list.

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