London fire started in fridge freezer, police say

McCormack said the department's priority was "to understand who was in Grenfell Tower", and wanted to hear from anyone who was in the building on the night of the fire.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint model, FF175BP, was not subject to recall and that the manufacturer was doing further tests. She also revealed that cladding placed on the building during a recent renovation had failed safety tests conducted by police in connection with their investigation.

Britain ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint fridge model, manufactured between 2006 and 2009, to establish whether further action needed to be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances.

As of Friday, nine victims have been formally identified.

In a statement, Hotpoint said: "Words can not express our sorrow at this bad tragedy".

"Given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter as well as criminal offences and breaches of legislation and regulations", McCormack said.

According to BBC, the outside cladding of the structure had failed safety tests and since the insulation on the building also failed tests, the Metropolitan Police will reportedly consider manslaughter charges.

And the company added: "We are addressing this as a matter of utmost urgency and assisting the authorities in any way we can".

THE many people who immediately point their fingers at our Prime Minister whenever there is a tragedy such as the Grenfell Tower are not being realistic, as Tom Richmond says (The Yorkshire Post, June 20).

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.

Hundreds of people are working on the complex investigation; while a full visual search was completed last week, McCormack said a "full fingertip search" and other painstaking methods will also be required. The Home Office has assured us that they are not interested in people's immigration status and we are not interested in looking at that.

"The safety and security of our guests and team members is always our number one priority", the spokeswoman said. So far, 164 properties have been found to house displaced residents and are now undergoing inspection, she added.

However, a spokeswoman said the material was not the same as that used to clad Grenfell Tower.

Premier Inn said a "detailed assessment" of its estate, carried out following the deadly Kensington fire, identifed three hotels in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham that might not comply with government guidance for tall buildings.

  • Leroy Wright