Police consider manslaughter charges over deadly London tower block blaze

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said: 'Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent.

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Investigators said on Friday they would consider bringing manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people.

Ms Gould said it was expected the work would take three or four weeks, adding: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

They will be moved to temporary housing, which includes hotels and homes of friends and family.

The move follows news that similar cladding was used on the Chalcots Estate to that which spread the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington earlier this month.

Whirlpool (WHR) said in a statement that 64,000 Hotpoint units carrying the model numbers FF175BP and FF175BG had been manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, according to CNN.

"Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the test started", she said.

A United Kingdom fire service spokesman said a failed cladding test did not necessarily mean a building was unsafe and it would depend on amount of cladding and where it was fitted.

"I remain really concerned though that we do not have a complete picture", she said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to address the response to the fire in Parliament on Thursday.

Firefighters and emergency workers who battled the inferno have been leaving messages and tributes to the victims at a makeshift memorial near the charred apartment block.

Heartbreaking messages written on red London Fire Brigade T-shirts offer poignant tributes alongside flowers, toys and candles.

Another firefighter wrote "Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy". Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material on some of its buildings, though it is different to the type used on Grenfell.

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".

Some residents believe the official number of those dead or missing presumed dead is lower than the true figure, and McCormack acknowledged they might not know everyone who was in the building as some people might fear coming forward because they were in the country illegally. One man in a suit said to me "you can't stay here tonight".

"So if the same thing happens here we're pretty much screwed".

  • Joey Payne