Vastavam web: A faulty fridge freezer sparked the huge fire that gutted a 24-storey residential tower in west London last week, Scotland Yard said today as it mulled slapping manslaughter charges against those responsible for the tragedy that killed at least 79 people.The cladding on the outside of the Grenfell Tower as well as the insulation used in the tower block both failed safety checks, the Metropolitan Police said, nine days after the blaze ripped through the building within minutes.The police said it will consider manslaughter, health and safety and fire safety charges.
The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved. Whirlpool, which owns Hotpoint, said: “We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families.”The specific FF175BP model that burst was not found to be on any previous product recall list or classified as dangerous in any way.
Nine of those who died on 14 June have been formally identified so far. Nine people remain in hospital, with three people still in critical care.”Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the tests started.She said the insulation proved “more flammable than the cladding” and investigators will now seek to establish whether the use of any of these materials was illegal in the UK.Documents and materials have been seized from a number of organisations as part of this process, the police said.The blaze on June 14 had destroyed 150 homes in the north Kensington tower block and has since triggered safety checks on hundreds of tower blocks around the UK.As many as 11 residential high-rise buildings in eight local authority areas of the country have been found with cladding which raises safety concerns.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has also written to all MPs saying landlords of the 11 affected buildings have been told to inform their tenants, after which the areas could be identified to the public. Cladding is typically fitted to the outside of high-rise buildings to improve insulation and tidy up the appearance of the exterior. A Downing Street spokesperson said no-one would be left to live in unsafe buildings with cladding found to be flammable.