Banned building materials helped flames to spread quickly in London fire

Banned building materials helped flames to spread quickly in London fire

Banned building materials helped flames to spread quickly in London fire

At least 30 people died after a blaze took hold in the early hours of Wednesday and engulfed the tower block in west London which housed some 600 residents in more than 120 apartments.

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

Ronnie King, the UK's former chief fire officer, told Al Jazeera: "I wouldn't wish to denigrate those who installed the cladding because - whatever the cladding was - it did not have to be fire resistant under the building regulations", said King.

The company behind the renovation also reportedly used banned, flammable cladding on the building's exterior to cut costs and make it more aesthetically attractive for neighbors in the Kensington and Chelsea borough, one of the UK's richest areas.

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Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.

British authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the London apartment building fire - as the death toll from the blaze has almost doubled, to 30.

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. They would wear high-visibility clothing so they could easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided, she added.

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times. He has not provided details about the inquiry.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in attendance, and told reporters afterwards that some of the stories he'd heard would stay with him "forever". We are angry about the inadequacy of the response and the longstanding neglect of our buildings by the council and building management. Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

During a speech after attending a service for victims, Khan said the community affected by the fire is resilient but also frustrated and angry. Counselors are already working with 52 families.

The first victim of the Grenfell Tower inferno in London has been named as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali (23), who came to Britain in 2014 and was studying engineering in London.

When asked on Thursday whether the death toll could exceed 100, London police commander Stuart Cundy said: "I'd like to hope that it isn't going to be triple figures", Reuters reported.

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Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims. 16 bodies have been recovered from the Tower and taken to a mortuary.

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