Grenfell Tower cladding is banned in United Kingdom, government says

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

He said police had started a criminal investigation but there was nothing to suggest "that the fire had been started deliberately".

The current death toll from the tragedy reached 30 on Friday, with dozens more missing feared dead.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham who lost his friend Khadija Saye in the fire, has said the "very best senior officers" in the force should undertake the criminal investigation into the blaze.

The newspaper quoted company director John Cowley as saying the building used Reynobond PE cladding, which is 2 pounds cheaper ($2.56) per square meter than Reynobond FR, which stands for "fire resistant".

Engineering experts say outside insulation panels installed on the 24-story Grenfell Tower may have helped the fire spread rapidly from one floor to the next.

The bishop said he hoped it was the beginning of a process of listening between residents and authorities that would bring about lasting change.

"Those who mock health and safety, regulations and red tape need to take a hard look at the consequences of cutting these and ask themselves whether Grenfell Tower is a price worth paying".

Kate Taylor, who lives about 3 miles from the tower, said she joined the protest to show solidarity with the victims, and said she agreed with the shouts of "Tories out".

The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighbourhood surrounded by extreme wealth.

"These were hard conversations with a tight-knit community that is understandably distraught, frustrated and increasingly angry". 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.

More than 250 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which London Fire commissioner Dany Cotton described as "truly awful and shocking" for the level of devastation it caused.

Central to the anger is that cheaper materials may have been used in a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Grenfell Tower to keep costs down. May on Thursday announced a public inquiry, a probe used to investigate issues of major public concern.

Theresa May admitted last night that the official response to the Grenfell Tower catastrophe "was not good enough".

The Wednesday blaze has so far killed 58 people while many other residents still remain unaccounted for.

Every family whose home was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a down-payment of at least £5,500 on Monday.

The first victim formerly identified to the public is 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali.

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