LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the London high-rise tragedy (all times local):
The Metropolitan Police have released three photos from inside the charred Grenfell Tower in London, which show in close detail how the fire devastated the 24-story building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments.
One photo shows a burnt-out elevator on an undisclosed floor of the public housing project that was ravaged in Wednesday’s inferno, while another shows an apartment that was reduced to rubble and white ash.
Fifty-eight people are confirmed or presumed dead in the fire and authorities fear that death toll will rise.
Two British ministers said Sunday that the new exterior cladding used in a renovation on Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations. Police are investigating.
Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations.
Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the Wednesday morning blaze that has killed at least 58 people.
The government is carrying out an “urgent inspection” of roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across the country to assess their safety.
Trade Minister Greg Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations. One opposition lawmaker urged the Conservative government and police to immediately seize all documents related to the tower renovation.
Britain’s trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules.
Greg Hands told Sky News that “my understanding is that the cladding that was reported was not in accordance with U.K. building regulations. We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was…