Banned building materials suspected in London fire

Michelle Meldrum, executive director of operations at Gentoo, said they work very closely with the fire brigade in the city and crews often use the tower blocks for fire-fighting exercises.

“Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there”, he said.

As police confirm the death toll from the blaze in the capital has reached 30, householders living in Sunderland flats are being visited by housing representatives to ease any fears they might have.

In an interview with the BBC, May promised a public inquiry into the disaster and pledged that survivors would be rehoused within weeks.

“The crews that were ahead of me were upstairs going into floors without water, simply looking around and trying to do their best, kicking in doors and trying to get people out”, he said. “We just want answers”, said Salwa Buamani, 25, who attended the protest with her three-year-old niece on her shoulders.

Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations.

Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, she said: “Kensington and Chelsea are giving £10 to the survivors when they go to hotels”.

A senior United Kingdom government minister said Sunday that he believed the cladding apparently used in a recent refurbishment of the London high-rise devastated by a blaze is banned in Britain for buildings above a certain height.

Another said: “It was a death trap and they knew it”.

“They [the authorities] are clearly aware roughly of the number of bodies”, said local resident Karen Brown, 36, whose friend’s 12-year-old daughter Jessica was among those missing.

How appalling that the Grenfell Action Group’s warning last November – that “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord” – proved correct, and that only now are those in authority – reluctantly – acting. Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning.

There was also an outpouring of generosity from the public with many people donating money, provisions and clothes.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don’t know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed previous year.

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Cundy said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project.

The MP called on the government to find and preserve all emails, meeting documents, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports in order to withhold justice for the victims.

Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.

The news came as the Government announced those left homeless by the fire will be given at least £5,500 from an emergency fund.

Residents who met Mrs May in Downing Street over the weekend said while they welcomed the funding they had not been consulted before the announcement was made. She said, in an unprecedented statement, that she had been “profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need”.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that each affected household is going to receive £500 in cash, as well as £5,000 delivered through the Department of Work and Pensions.