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UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire

19 Junio 2017, 12:44 | Crisanna Felipe

UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire

Kate The Duchess of Cambridge holds Princess Charlotte with Prince William at right and Prince George foreground on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after attending the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London Saturday

Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday.

The aluminum cladding - which is widely blamed for spreading the inferno that killed at least 58 early Wednesday morning - was only recently installed on the 24-story tower.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

The borough said Friday that all residents of Grenfell Tower who had asked for help had been housed in hotels and that it was looking for interim accommodation for those people and others living nearby who could not return home.

One London member of Parliament has called for corporate manslaughter charges after learning flammable material was used to clad the building during the recent renovation. "My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here".

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

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

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

Writing in the Observer on Sunday, Mr Khan suggested high-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the fire, which he said may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy".

The mayor and his wife Saadiya joined the congregation Sunday at St.

Flowers and missing persons posters were taped to the gates of the church, while bags of donations were piled outside the door.

As part of the inquiry, prominent Labour politician David Lammy said the government and police must seize all documents and records related to the building's renovation to avoid the destruction of incriminating evidence.

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

Police said Saturday that their investigation would look at the building and its 2016 refurbishment, and vowed to bring prosecutions "if there is evidence". Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the inferno that left dozens dead and missing as it decimated the public housing block.

After a turbulent three months which has seen Britain scarred by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said the mood was deeply sombre but that the British people were resolute in the face of adversity.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

He said the community in north Kensington, west London, was "frustrated and, yes, angry".

The Home Office has assisted Alhajali's family in "making arrangements for their travel to the UK" from Syria, and more than 85,000 people have signed a petition calling for his parents to be granted visas so they can attend his funeral.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze - 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali - to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".



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