Faulty fridge behind deadly London blaze; Manslaughter charges possible

Investigators have revealed the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in London, which killed at least 79 people, started in a faulty fridge.

It’s understood the Hotpoint fridge freezer model had not been subject to any product recall.

The speed at which the fire engulfed the building raised questions about the external cladding on the block and authorities have now revealed that it has since failed all safety tests.


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Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said they are now considering bringing manslaughter charges.

Asked if the insulation and aluminium tiles used were acceptable for such buildings, McCormack told reporters: “No they’re not.”

“All I can say at the moment is they don’t pass any of the safety tests. So that will form part of what is a manslaughter investigation.”

As well as possible manslaughter, police will consider health and safety offences and breaches of other building regulations.

McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed.

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