Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge freezer, say police

The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge freezer, and outside cladding failed safety tests, police say.

Insulation on the building also failed tests and the Metropolitan Police will consider manslaughter charges.

Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block.

The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer which was involved.

Whirlpool, who 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.”

Nine of those who died in the 14 June have been formally identified so far. Nine people remain in hospital, with three people still in critical care.

Police said the fire had not been started deliberately and the speed with which the fire spread was “unexpected”.

Preliminary tests on the samples of insulation showed it burned soon after the test started, and more quickly than the cladding tiles.

However, they both failed the police’s safety tests – which are similar to those being carried out by the UK government.


8 Responses to Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge freezer, say police

  1. Andrea Robinson
    Andrea Robinson June 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Hotpoint, shares set to sky dive!

  2. Val Richards
    Val Richards June 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Nobody aint buying Hotpoint no more. Too hot. How does fire proof cladding fail tests. Tests conducted after the fire? How about before installation. What did they use, cotton wrap? Definitely manslaughter charges should be on tap. Lock them up – sound familiar

  3. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson June 23, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is going to be a long drawn out law suit, and a harrowing time for residents and people who lost dear ones in this horrible disaster.

    • Carson C Cadogan June 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      How would you know?

    • Belfast June 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      May not be. This is the real McCoy Westminster Government at play here, not the breadfruit and pork one we are accustomed to in Barbados.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hotpoint fridge freezer, New, refurbished, Secondhand? Model number and serial number?

  5. Belfast June 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    The appliance was probably made in China, like everything else.

  6. Belfast June 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Bt the way, Has anything been done about one-door business places in Bridgetown, especially, since the Campus Trendz tragedy?
    “Not on my watch,” the man keeps saying.


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