Police consider manslaughter charges over deadly London tower block blaze

A local London council has chose to evacuate some 800 households in apartment buildings it owns because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise.

Ms Gould added: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

Camden Council in London is preparing to evacuate 161 households from a block covered in similar cladding to the one used in the Grenfell Tower fire.

'We anticipate that these works will be completed within three to four weeks.

Those living in the Taplow block on the Chalcots estate are to be rehoused in temporary accommodation following a joint inspection of the block by the London Fire Brigade and Camden Council. "We need to do everything we can to keep residents safe".

Britain ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint fridge model, manufactured between 2006 and 2009, to establish whether further action needed to be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances.

Whirlpool, which owns Hotpoint, said, "We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families".

Tests are being carried out on the cladding at Durham House, in the city centre, to see if it is a fire risk.

"We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards", Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters.

The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block.

Hounslow Council said its cladding contained "rockwool", which is a "non-combustible product, unlike the case of the Grenfell Tower".

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information on who might have been in the tower to come forward. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed.

While the death toll remains at 79, Ms McCormack addressed concerns that many more had died and were unaccounted for in official figures.

Although Peter O'Reilly, county fire officer of Geater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, declared the service satisfied that the building was safe, the organisation acted immediately to start removing the cladding.

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