Police consider manslaughter charges over deadly London tower block blaze

Some 800 households in five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in Camden are being moved to temporary accommodation after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, council leader Georgia Gould said.

She added that the "really really hard decision" had been made to evacuate the blocks while urgent fire safety work is completed.

Proceeds from a clash between London soccer giants Arsenal and Chelsea will go to support people caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire, the Football Association said yesterday.

Gould says the fix work is expected to take two to three weeks.

Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, west London, had undergone an 8.7 million pound ($11 million) refurbishment which was completed in 2016, but residents of the more than 120 apartments had complained about its fire safety.

Deputy mayor Cllr Ann O'Byrne said: "We have a duty of care to residents to reassure them their buildings are safe, whether they live in a high or low rise block or one that has recently been refurbished".

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".

The Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire. "The initial tests on equivalent aluminium composite tiles failed also", said Met Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation.

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

"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. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed.

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.

The force will consider manslaughter charges on those involved as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into the tragedy that claimed at least 79 lives and displaced hundreds.

McCormack says: "What we haven't got is a picture of how many people might have been in there".

Tests showed decorative cladding on Village 135 in Wythenshawe could be made of materials similar to those used on Grenfell Tower, the council said. 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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