London fire: Tests show 'combustible' cladding

Jun 24, 2017, 00:53

The council had already announced it would immediately begin preparing to remove cladding from five towers on the estate discovered in checks following the fire in north Kensington which killed at least 79 people. At least 79 people died in the June 14 fire, which engulfed the building so quickly overnight that firefighters were unable to reach numerous victims.

A Hotpoint FF175BP model was found to have been the fridge-freezer at the centre of the tragedy and followed witness reports from June 14 that one resident claimed his appliance was responsible.

Earlier Friday, police said they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell incident. "We did our best I promise".

The outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said.

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"The NZ situation for building fire safety was different to the United Kingdom which relies heavily on passive-fire [measures] such as solid construction to limit rapid spread of fire and smoke". Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge-freezer had not been subject to any product recall.

Authorities now acknowledge the risks posed by exterior cladding to thousands of people around the country who live in blocks like Grenfell Tower.

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McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims.

"We will identify and investigate any criminal offense and, of course, given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter, as well as criminal offenses and breaches of legislation and regulations", McCormack added. "That's the number I'm really anxious about".

Investigators have now confirmed the fire was started by a Hotpoint fridge-freezer before rapidly spreading up the tower via the "combustible" plastic-based cladding.

"All I can say at the moment is they don't pass any of the safety tests".

British authorities are studying samples of similar to that used on the west London apartment building that caught fire, killing at least 79 people.

The spokesman pointed out that safety testing was carried out on the insulation as part of a "particular rainscreen cladding system", but said: "Any changes to components of the cladding system or construction methods used need to be considered by the relevant building designer". Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material used on some of its buildings, though it is different from the type used at Grenfell Tower.

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