London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire

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An investigation into the Grenfell Tower blaze revealed that exterior cladding on the building had failed safety tests and the initial cause of the June 14 fire was from a faulty refrigerator, authorities said.

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.

She said it is thought the work would take three to four weeks, adding: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

"I know it's hard but Grenfell changes everything and I just don't believe we can take any risk with our residents' safety and I have to put them first".

Residents are being moved out tonight and sent initially to a rest centre at Swiss Cottage Library before council workers allocate them accommodation in hotels or, if possible, with family and friends.

The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved.

"Camden Council has decided it will immediately begin preparing to remove these external cladding panels from the five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate".

They the owners of these Fridge Freezers to complete a form and "we will update when further information is available".

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She said: "They've had the fire brigade here all day, Camden Council, police.why have they left it til 8.30 at night to start get residents out".

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

Tests on the building's material as part of the police investigation were "small scale", the officer said, but added: "All I can say at the moment is they (tiles and insulation) don't pass any safety tests".

May said Friday that "she will work with and support the emergency services and relevant authorities to safeguard the public". Along with Manchester, only Camden and Plymouth have been identified among this list.

The London Metropolitan Police is considering filing criminal charges against the company, including manslaughter charges.

When speaking about the 79 people dead, presumed dead or missing, McCormack said: "I fear that there are more".

Cladding and insulation encasing the building did not pass any fire safety tests, she added, increasing concern the 24-storey block's facade accelerated the blaze's spread. "We did our best I promise".

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