Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

Police will determine whether the use of the two materials was illegal, she said.

Documents have been seized, police said, but they have not carried out any raids of businesses.

In a statement on Friday, Scotland Yard's Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said both the insulation and tiles used in cladding at the west London high-rise failed all safety tests.

As questions about the cladding's safety have gained prominence, inspectors are evaluating other buildings in Britain that used the same materials.

Police have begun taking statements from the occupants and visitors to Grenfell Tower that night - work DSI McCormack said will continue as part of the investigation.

"This is painstaking work that is going on 24/7 and the working conditions down at Grenfell Tower are hard and distressing in many ways", she said.

Non-fire resistant cladding is believed to have contributed to the inferno at Grenfell Tower on Wednesday, June 14, in which at least 79 people are believed to have been killed.

"We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards, we are looking at every health and safety and fire safety offenses and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower", she said.

But residents in the 721 flats will not be moved and fire wardens will be put there 24 hours a day to reassure locals and help in the event of a blaze.

Towers in Camden, Manchester, Hounslow and Plymouth are among the at-risk buildings, the Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed.

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information on who might have been in the tower to come forward.

Hotpoint said 64,000 units of the same model were made between 2006 and 2009, when they were discontinued, adding that the number in circulation would be lower given the time period involved.

While the death toll remains at 79, Ms McCormack addressed concerns that many more had died and were unaccounted for in official figures.

Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings - at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations.

We are not interested in people's reasons for being in Grenfell Tower. Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material on some of its buildings, though it is different to the type used on Grenfell. There may well be people who no one has contacted us about - who they know were in the building or have close links to Grenfell Tower.

"What we are interested in is making sure that we know who is missing and we take every possible step to establish if they are safe and well".

  • Leroy Wright