Jun 23, 2017
By Jane Brown
British police investigating the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London say the blaze started in a fridge freezer. They also say that insulation and tiles recovered from the building have failed fire safety tests.
Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack says officers have seized documents in the investigation into the fire.
She told reporters this morning, “what we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests.”
Eleven buildings in other areas of England are now identified as having combustible cladding similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower. The cladding is being studied amid fears the panels fueled the fire in the 24-storey building that was engulfed in less than an hour leading to 79 deaths.
Meantime, here in Toronto, Mayor John Tory is set to meet this morning with the city’s fire chief to discuss emergency preparedness in this city.