Whirlpool says working with Britain after Hotpoint fridge freezer sparked London blaze
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 2:45
Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack of the Metropolitan Police, who is overseeing the investigation, said in a briefing that both the insulation and tiles at the Grenfell Tower had failed safety tests, with the insulation proving more flammable than the cladding. "Our priority is to understand who was in Grenfell Tower".
Mayor Dennett said: "The decision to remove the cladding on the council's nine tower blocks is the right and moral thing to do".
The hotel chain said three of its properties - in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham - have been investigated during a "detailed assessment" of its estate.
"We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations", the company said in a statement.
Hotpoint said in a statement: "Words can not express our sorrow at this bad tragedy". Investigators have also found that materials used on Grenfell Tower's exterior also failed safety tests.
The detective superintendent also said she's anxious that the authorities might not have a true sense of how many people were in the building, in part because people who lived there or knew someone who did might be fearful of having their immigration status reviewed.
Addressing Parliament earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May said a statement on the test results of the cladding samples taken from Grenfell Tower would be made in the next 48 hours.
"With the rest of the nation, Arsenal Football Club was shocked by the incident at Grenfell Tower and our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy", Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.
"There is a awful reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat", the official acknowledged.
She added that the police were considering manslaughter charges among the possible offences in relation to the fire.
Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017.
The fridge model at the centre of the blaze was a Hotpoint FF175BP.
Gould said the council has begun the process of removing the panels and they have initiated 24/7 fire safety patrols to reassure residents.
Responding to fears that the number of fatalities may continue to rise, she said the police did not want "any hidden victims of this tragedy" and urged anyone with information on who was in the tower that night to contact police urgently.
Premier Inn has "concerns" that cladding used on some of its buildings may not meet safety regulations.
She added: "I remain really concerned though that we do not have a complete picture".
"We will probably have to ascertain later today if that is happening what the next steps might be", she said.