Refrigerator causes deadly London fire that kills 79

Temperatures in the block are believed to have reached 1000C at the height of the blaze
Temperatures in the block are believed to have reached 1000C at the height of the blaze
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24 June, 2017

Chalcots residents have voiced their concern about the safety of the towers on their estate in the wake a fire that killed at least 79 people at west London's Grenfell Tower last week. 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.

The Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire.

The company said 64,000 such fridge freezers were made by Indesit between 2006 and 2009 when the model was discontinued, some years before Whirlpool acquired Indesit. One tribute, from a firefighter in the Kensington and Chelsea borough read: "20th floor, we tried. we're sorry".

Edward Strange said: "We've had two fires here since the cladding was put on and both fires didn't spread so I don't see what the problem is".

Worldwide desk - Investigators on Friday said the last week's deadly fire at a residential tower in London was caused by a refrigerator, media reports say. One man in a suit said to me "you can't stay here tonight".

"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".

"We have just been informed that the fire may have originated in a Hotpoint fridge freezer (model number FF175BP)".

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.

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

To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally. "That's the number I'm really anxious about".

A fridge-freezer is now believed to have started the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, it was revealed today.

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

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack says officers have seized documents in the investigation into the fire.

The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block.

The panels were apparently produced in different grades making it different to identify precisely which material may have been used in specific cases, she said.


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