Other towers in England combustible: British PM

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

Detective superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters on Friday morning that the investigation - one of the largest and most complex in the Met's history - had identified that the fire started in a fridge-freezer.

Flames spread rapidly up the 24-storey residential tower block last week, trapping people inside, in what was Britain's worst blaze since World War Two.

Smoke billows from the Grenfell Tower in London.

Documents and materials had been seized from a "number of organisations", she added.

A spokesman for the communities and local government department, the office in charge of testing the buildings, later said that the 600 figure was an estimate of how many had any form of cladding and not an indication of how many would eventually be found to be risky.

Ms McCormack repeated calls for members of the public with information about people who may have been in the tower at the time of the fire to come forward.

In a statement to MPs, Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday revealed that three tower blocks have been found to covered with the same type of combustible cladding used at Grenfall Tower.

"Preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower show they combusted soon after the test started, The initial tests on the cladding tile also failed the safety tests".

Over 60,000 units of the refrigerator identified as the source of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire were produced before the model was discontinued in 2009, according to Whirlpool. But, McCormack said, "Next week we will be installing a lift to the outside of the building to assist the recovery process".

Police are looking at all parts of the cladding system and its installation, McCormack said.

The number of high-rise blocks of flats found to have combustible cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower has risen to 11, Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Cladding was stripped from five blocks in the Camden council area in London yesterday as councils around the country scramble to ensure their buildings are safe.

Windhoek-Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi has sent a message of condolence to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in London on June 14, which claimed 79 lives.

She said local authorities and fire services had been informed and were taking steps to make affected buildings safe and to inform residents.

It says: "Current building regulations in England are ambiguous about fire safety matters on cladding, and inadequate on sprinklers".

The Government is performing tests on 100 tower blocks a day, with results coming back "within hours", she added.

"No stone will be left unturned" in the inquiry into the tragedy, adding: "For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide", she said.

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