Police weigh manslaughter charges in London fire

"I have made clear to the company that I will expect them to replace any item without delay if it is established that there is a risk in using them", Greg Clark, secretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released a statement.

The move comes as a vast operation is under way across the United Kingdom to identify buildings with cladding like that used on the Grenfell Tower fire in north Kensington where a fire killed at least 79 people.

Experts have now concluded the fire had started in a fridge freezer.

"We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards", Fiona McCormack from London's Metropolitan Police said at a briefing on the June 14 blaze in west London, which left 79 people presumed dead. We will also be working with residents to test white goods (PAT testing), assessing fire doors in properties and we will be providing fire safety advice to residents.

Celotex, based in Hadleigh, supplied its RS5000 insulation to form part of the rainscreen cladding fitted to the tower block.

"They have built meeting the fire safety regulations at that time".

"We have been made aware of a possible incident involving a Hotpoint branded Fridge Freezer, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, model numbers FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite)", the notice said. The model was manufactured between 2006 and 2009.

The government said it was urgently conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding, often added to insulate them or improve the external appearance of ageing blocks.

Auckland Council has identified up to 90 buildings that may have the combustible panels.

Buildings in London, Manchester and Plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified.

A tower block reportedly containing 161 homes is to be evacuated over safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 79 people are believed to have died. "There will be no waiting around... while there are any questions about the safety of our residents". Nine people remain in hospital, with three people still in critical care. "There is a awful reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat".

  • Salvatore Jensen