Criminal investigation launched after London high-rise inferno

Authorities in London have launched a criminal investigation in the wake of the fatal high-rise building fire that has so far claimed the lives of 17 people.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there were still “unknown numbers of people” inside the block.

“Tragically, now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive”, he told Sky News.


“The severity and the heat of the fire will mean that it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive.”

Investigators said that it was too early to speculate on how the inferno that engulfed building started.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said there was nothing to suggest the fire was terror-related but a criminal investigation is the usual procedure.

It comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry in to the deadly blaze during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower.

Political pressure is increasing following the inferno, residents say their fears about fire safety had been ignored for years by local government authorities.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also toured the area yesterday and said “the truth has got to come out and will come out” on what happened.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said before that many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment buildings around the British capital.