Grenfell Tower fire inquiry: Six questions victims want answered

30 June, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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The fire began from a malfunctioning bridge and spread all over the 2-story building through the cladding.

If people living in individual flats have concerns about fire safety in their home they can contact the Fire Service for a free home safety check.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, the officer in charge of the police investigation, said the final death toll would only be known after officers completed a painstaking search and recovery operation which would take until the end of the year to complete. Test results and progress on works will also be scrutinised by tenants, leaseholders and the Council's housing committee.

Every tower block in Camden will receive an enhanced fire safety check to ensure the safety of residents.

Police have now confirmed that they believe 80 people are now presumed dead and Sir Martin said that he understands the "desire of local people for justice".

At least 79 people died when a fire that started in a fridge freezer engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block on June 14, trapping many inside their apartments as they slept.

As more details emerge about the Grenfell Tower fire it is becoming apparent there were significant failings regarding the safety of the cladding used on the building. "So at this stage we must presume that no one in those 23 flats survived".

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The agenda of the meeting shows the decision has been taken after protestors stormed into the council building on Friday June 16 chanting "we want justice" and "shame on you".

As high-rise buildings across the country are stripped of their cladding following Government-ordered emergency tests, the construction industry - and the officials who regulate, advise and test its products - are all under pressure.

It also has had a programme of upgrading work in relation to fire control carried out over the a year ago and has regular fire audits carried out by specialists.

"As an additional precaution, we are contracting an independent fire safety specialist to conduct a site review, and we have also increased the frequency of fire safety tests and confirmed that all on-site fire safety equipment, including sprinklers which are fitted on all residential floors, is fully functional".

In his statement, Moore-Bick said the inquiry would "discover the truth" about what happened at Grenfell Tower to learn lessons for the future.

The revised estimated death toll of 80 announced Wednesday was an increase of one victim from the last count issued last week.


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