London fire: Banned building materials suspected in Grenfell Tower

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

In a statement from the group, which is comprised of victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers, they criticised Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for its reaction to the disaster.

William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry had also made a donation to a fund to help the families who were made homeless by the tragedy.

"I said 'where are you?' He said 'I'm in the flat, '" Ali said. "As residents of the local area they are keen to offer their immediate support".

Theresa May is "distraught" by the Grenfell Tower block fire, her most senior minister has said ahead of a meeting with survivors of the disaster at Downing Street.

"It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones".

"I thought they took him outside with me".

Mr Cundy said: "Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing, and therefore sadly, I have to assume that they are dead".

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He also pointed out that dozens of tower blocks across London built in the 1960s and 1970s, like Grenfell Tower, may have failed to comply with current standards. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.

He added that those who lost their lives did so in a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen and the tragedy we're seeing is the effect of mistakes and neglect from politicians - the council and the government." .

The British government has announced that a minute's silence will be held at 11am tomorrow to remember those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was at the meeting, said he used it as a "crucial opportunity for me to make clear to the Government" what the residents need.

"No one local authority would be able to cope", he added.

There are questions about why the block was not fitted with sprinklers or a central smoke alarm, as well as whether the recent refurbishment - including the use of cladding that was blamed for worsening previous building fires in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia - helped fuel the flames. We know that there are still bodies of those who died inside the building and we want to return those people to their families as soon as we possibly can.

'Let's get the technical advice properly evaluated by a public inquiry and then let's decide how to go forward'.

RBKC said 110 households had been given temporary accommodation by Friday morning, and added that it was working to find more permanent homes.

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