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London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire

AP , Friday 23 Jun 2017
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London police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people.

The Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire. The department also said exterior cladding attached to the 24-story public housing project during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators, and that police have seized documents from a number of organizations.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters that "we are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards ... We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower."

The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire.

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