Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Consider Manslaughter Charges in Tower Horror Wake

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Consider Manslaughter Charges in Tower Horror Wake

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MANSLAUGHTER charges are being considered by detectives investigating the Grenfell Tower fire as it emerged the structure had failed fire safety tests.

Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said a faulty fridge-freezer started the inferno, which has killed at least 79 people.

Cladding and insulation encasing the building did not pass any fire safety tests, she added, increasing concern the 24-storey block's facade accelerated the blaze's spread.

The revelation comes as a nationwide hunt for high-rise buildings with flammable cladding continues, with thousands of people finding their homes were potentially dangerous. By yesterday afternoon, the government said 14 buildings across nine local authority areas in England were found to have flammable cladding. …

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