Police consider manslaughter charges over deadly London tower block blaze

"The council, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and the city's housing associations are co-ordinating a comprehensive programme of assessments and inspections and we will be meeting again in a fortnight to look at the next steps".

Police in London have said that the Grenfell fire started in a fridge freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests.

"We anticipate that these works will be completed within three to four weeks".

London police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people.

She added: "Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety".

Meanwhile, the government ordered immediate checks of the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge-freezer - the model responsible for the fire.

"We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved-ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families", Whirlpool said in a statement. "The initial tests on equivalent aluminium composite tiles failed also", said Met Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation.

Investigators have listened to more than 600 emergency calls - and "some of those calls are over an hour long and each call tells its own distressing story", she said.

She said: "We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards".

One of those buildings, Durham House - which is made up of one and two bedroom flats - has been found to have similar cladding to that on Grenfell Tower. "The shocking images from that night clearly show just how quickly and ferociously the fire spread across the external surface of the building".

Towers in Camden, Manchester, Hounslow and Plymouth are among the at-risk buildings, the Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed.

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed.

When speaking about the 79 people dead or missing, presumed dead, McCormack said: "I fear that there are more".

  • Rogelio Becker