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Grenfell Tower: Deadly London fire started in fridge, police say

She also repeated calls for any members of the public with information about people who may have been in the tower at the time of the blaze to contact the police. Investigators will now try and establish whether the use of these materials was illegal.

Islington Council has put on hold all planned work to install cladding at four tower blocks: Ilex House, Gambier House, Halliday House and Arlington House.

Police are still carrying out forensic searches on the block in an attempt to recover all those who may have died inside.

She added: "There is a awful reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat".

A view of part of the Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate showing the bottom section of the building after cladding was removed, in the borough of Camden, north London, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

"With the rest of the nation, Arsenal Football Club was shocked by the incident at Grenfell Tower and our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy", Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. "The initial tests on equivalent aluminium composite tiles failed", she said.

McCormack said she feared more people could have been killed in the fire amid concerns some of the people living there had been in the country illegally. Officers said all companies involved in refurbishing or building the tower will be reviewed.

Manslaughter charges are being considered by detectives investigating the Grenfell Tower fire in London as it emerged the structure had failed fire safety tests. Police are talking to the manufacturers.

"We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations", the company said in a statement.

The government said it was urgently conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding, often added to insulate them or improve the external appearance of aging blocks.

"Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the test started", McCormack told journalists gathered outside Scotland Yard.

"What we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests".

In total, 151 homes were destroyed in the fire, May said.

Hundreds of further buildings are being tested by the British government to see if they pose a fire threat.

Nonetheless, he said that incidents like the one in London should be a reminder to residents to take steps of their own to prevent fires, including properly disposing of cigarette butts and making sure their smoke detectors are functioning.

'That's the number in really anxious about, that there might have been other innocent people in there'.

Fellow resident Sayed Meah said: "We've never had any fire evacuation rules, any plans, any procedures, nothing".

The Labour leader was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May gave MPs an update on the tragedy and revealed that tests on cladding on other tower blocks had found it to be combustible.



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