London Fire: Grenfell Tower Block Inferno - What We Know So Far
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 3:09
Prime Minister Theresa May this morning ordered a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.
"Right now, people want answers and it's absolutely right and that's why I am today ordering a full public inquiry into this disaster".
'Even though the building was alight from top to bottom, ' said Commissioner Dany Cotton, 'and [the firefighters] were in fear of their own lives, they were in and out of that building, committing time after time to rescuing those people that we knew were in there'.
The 8.7 million pounds (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment also included new windows and heating systems.
Jeremy Corbyn has said the "truth has got to come out and it will" after the Grenfell Tower fire.
The cladding - metal panels that were stuck on the outside of the building to help insulate and spruce up the building - has been blamed for the shockingly rapid spread of the fire up and across the building.
"It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire", said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Stuart Cundy said that "we believe this number will sadly increase".
The firm behind the work said the project met all required building regulations.
Cotton said that while the core of the building was structurally sound, dogs were lighter and more agile than people.
Gottardi's father, Giannino Gottardi, told ANSA he was talking to his son as late as 4:07 a.m. (0207 GMT Wednesday; 10:07 p.m. Tuesday), "then they told us their apartment had been invaded by smoke", and the call ended.
Crowds of mourners have gathered for a second night running outside a church in the shadow of Grenfell Tower in a vigil for those affected by the catastrophic blaze. As the evening drew on, locals made preparations for Ramadan: Many of the tower's inhabitants were Muslim, and locals were keen to make sure they could break their fast in company, that they were well looked-after.
"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this bad event", the queen said.
A mother who shot a harrowing Facebook Live video while trapped on the 23rd floor of the blazing Grenfell Tower is still missing, along with her two young children. Security cordons were in place around the base of the tower, where the ground was littered with charred debris.
As the sun went down on a second day's frantic searching for the missing, candles were placed alongside floral tributes and posters appealing for help to locate loved ones.
ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) also known as ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel) is not prevalent in New Zealand, Minister for Building and Construction Nick Smith told The AM Show on Friday.