UK government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

For example, the cladding used in Grenfell Tower was chosen precisely because it was cheaper than non-flammable alternatives; despite the considerable safety issues attached with using less expensive but flammable cladding, the choice was still made to go ahead with it because that was the most cost-effective option.

"Of course, people rightly have questions about the causes of the fire and why it spread so quickly and these will be answered".

In the days following the Grenfell Tower fire, grief has quickly turned to popular rage as people from around the United Kingdom have come together to protest and demand answers from the government. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just a year ago.

"My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn't in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations", Hands told Sky News. But we may well need help from our close neighbours.

A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

He said all records - including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports - must be kept intact.

"I thought the way they expressed themselves with a mixture of passion and reason was fantastic, and I hope it's the beginning of a process, not the end of a process, the beginning of a process of real listening between government, RBKC [the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council], local residents, that will bring about lasting change".

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

Ensuring there is tailored bereavement support for the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have family members still missing or have been affected by the tragedy.

The Government's £5 million emergency fund is already being spent on clothing and food to help the dispossessed and NHS London will provide counselling and bereavement support to families.

Cladding used on Grenfell Tower blamed for spreading the London blaze is banned in Britain, Finance Minister Philip Hammond says. The Home Office says it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

The first victim has been formally identified as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

More than 70 people remain unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims might never be identified.

"There are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters at the scene.

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