Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say. The Metropolitan Police say manslaughter, health and safety, and fire safety charges will be considered. A total of 79 people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block and nearby. In Salford, cladding is to be removed from nine of its residential tower blocks because of safety concerns. The…

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Grenfell Tower: Seven high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'

Grenfell Tower: Seven high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Seven residential high-rise buildings in four local authority areas have been found to be covered in combustible cladding following safety tests. Landlords are being told and more checks carried out, number 10 said. It comes as further tests are being carried out on about 600 high rises across England. Cladding is thought to have contributed to the rapid spread of fire at Grenfell Tower, in which at least…

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London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

Sixty-eight social housing flats in Kensington, London, are to be made available to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has said. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are located in two blocks that stand alongside a large luxury development, where private homes go for up to £8.5m. At least 79 people died and many more were left homeless after fire engulfed the North Kensington tower a week ago. PM Theresa May has apologised…

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Grenfell Tower charity single released

Grenfell Tower charity single released

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has been released. Stars including Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to help raise money for those affected. The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic, also featuring Craig David and Skepta, was organised by Simon Cowell. At least 79 people are now missing, presumed dead, following the fire in west London a week ago….

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Government staff have been drafted in to manage the response to the Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. A team of civil servants has been embedded in the council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials. At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead, and many others are homeless. The council says it will cooperate “in full” with the government’s inquiry….

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London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

The Queen and Prince William are visiting a relief centre helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed in the fire at the west London flats may never be identified. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure…

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London fire: Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze

London fire: Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze

Media playback is unsupported on your device Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths is expected to rise, police have said. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called at 00:54 BST. Witnesses said people were trapped in the tower block, and that some jumped from windows in an effort to escape. Theresa May said there would be a full…

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