The fire that swept through Grenfell Tower in West London last week started with a faulty fridge freezer, and the outside cladding failed safety tests, police say.
Speaking to reporters at Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack confirmed the force will consider manslaughter charges as part of its inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.
McCormack said the Hotpoint FF175BP model had not been subject to any product recall.
Witnesses at the scene of the 24-storey blaze in North Kensington on June 14 described hearing one resident claiming it was his appliance which was responsible.
“If I find out that individuals or organizations committed offences, I must be in a position to prosecute without prejudice to any proceedings,” said McCormack.
“Our search of Grenfell Tower to recover all those inside and return them to their loved ones continues. The working conditions down at Grenfell Tower are difficult and distressing in many ways. Such is that devastation down at the scene this investigation might take at least until the end of the year.”
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