'We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards'
Last Tuesday saw the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, with the number of people dead or missing presumed dead now rising to 79, and hundreds left homeless.
The tower block fire broke out in the 24-storey building (believed to house between 400 and 600 people) just after midnight, trapping victims above the 14th floor.
Since the fire, detectives have been looking into the exact cause of the tragic incident and it has just been announced that the Grenfell Tower blaze started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer, with the fire then spreading rapidly due to the building’s cladding and insulation, both of which have reportedly failed safety tests.
Although, the Metropolitan Police have ruled out the possibility of the fire being started intentionally, they are considering manslaughter charges over the incident that has potentially killed 79 people and destroyed 151 homes.
‘We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards,’ explained Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack. ‘We are looking at every health and safety and fire safety offence and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.’
When talking about the victims of the fire, she called for people who knew anything about other victims that might be unaccounted for to come forward, stressing, ‘I do not want there to be any victims of this tragedy that we do not know about. Our priority is to understand who was in Grenfell Tower. We are not interested in people’s reasons for being in Grenfell Tower.’
She continued: ‘There is a terrible reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat.’