Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Building materials in London fire under scrutiny

Kenny Thornton | 19 June, 2017, 16:14

Fifty-eight people are confirmed or presumed dead in the fire and authorities fear that death toll will rise.

It came as Philip Hammond said the criminal investigation would examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was overhauled.

Burned-out flats, blackened lifts and the charred remains of belongings after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire were visible in photos and videos released by Britain's Metropolitan Police on Sunday (June 18).

The British government yesterday scrambled to contain the political fallout from the Grenfell Tower inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives as officials focused on building materials that may have caused the fire to spread quickly.

Reports suggest that a renovation project on Grenfell Tower a year ago intentionally did not include safety devices such as sprinklers and doors created to keep the fire from spreading.

The prince's embrace broke with royal protocol - touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes - and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be", he added.

Two British officials have said that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Fans in Pakistan celebrate memorable victory over India
But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. Fakhar Zaman couldn't resist the length ball outside off stump, so he poked at it and only nicked it.

Some of the anger stems from reports that Grenfell Tower had no central sprinkler system and was built with flammable materials that residents told the government needed to be fixed. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.

Khan described the fire as a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen", adding that the "tragedy we're seeing is a outcome of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

"The work to search the building is challenging, but naturally could never be done quickly enough for those now having to live with the uncertainty of knowing where their loved ones are".

Khan has praised the heroism of Christians, Muslims and others in looking after people affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster, reported The Independent.

"The prime minister is this morning chairing a cross-government meeting to ensure everything possible is being done to support those affected by the Grenfell tragedy", the spokesman said. "So that 58 would include that 30", the spokesman said Saturday.

An additional public inquiry set up by the government will determine if building regulations had been broken.

"As recent bad events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering hard and traumatic situations", he said.

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