Deadly Grenfell Tower blaze because of faulty fridge

by Garry Watts June 28, 2017, 1:42
Deadly Grenfell Tower blaze because of faulty fridge

The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge and the cladding and insulation on the block has failed safety tests, police said.

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. It was unclear whether the Camden example was one of the three mentioned by the government.

Police said the fire had not been started deliberately.

Consumers, who believe they may own a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey), should call Whirlpool Corporation's freephone hotline or log on the net to register their details for further updates. Officials say cladding samples from 11 other high-rise buildings in eight municipalities in the United Kingdom, including in London, have also failed tests.

"There is a awful reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat".

"We are looking at every criminal offense, from manslaughter".

Experts have claimed that victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno might have been killed by highly toxic gases, namely cyanide and carbon monoxide, emitted by the building's external cladding as it burnt. The company issued a statement last week saying its work "met all required building regulations - as well as fire regulation and health and safety standards".

"We are not obliged to test as the cladding is not the same as that used in Grenfell Tower", she said.

She said speaking from outside Scotland Yard that "the investigation will be exhaustive".

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Police say that 79 people are dead or presumed dead, but suggested the death toll could rise higher. On the streets around Grenfell Tower - now a blackened hulk of a building - missing person photos are attached to railings, buildings and bus stops.

Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: 'If it turns out that faults in this fridge freezer caused the fire to start at Grenfell Tower, this raises serious questions about the safety of these products.

Inspections are being carried out on about 600 social housing tower blocks in England and 11 have so far failed initial safety tests.

Two other buildings out of the 88 in the borough are said to have ACM cladding, a spokeswoman said.

An amnesty for people who may have been living in the tower illegally has been suggested, supported by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

That information so concerning to police that it was immediately shared with the British government and every United Kingdom council.

Officials say that particular product had never been recalled before.

She pleaded with those who knew the exact individuals that were in the building to contact the police, specifying that neither the Home Office nor the police would be interrogated those people's immigration status.


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