Grenfell Tower: Hotpoint launches urgent investigation after police confirm faulty fridge sparked devastating fire

Hotpoint has launched an urgent investigation after police confirmed a faulty fridge sparked the Grenfell Tower blaze which left at least 79 people feared dead.

The electricals company said anyone who has one of two specific Hotpoint models is urged to call the company’s free hotline.

It comes after the Met Police confirmed the fire started in the faulty fridge and ignited aluminium cladding and insulation which have since not passed key safety tests.

The Government ordered an immediate examination by experts of the model of fridge freezer involved, Downing Street said.

In a statement a Hotpoint spokesman said the company is working with authorities to “obtain access to the appliance” so it can help with the investigation.

“We have just been informed that the fire may have originated in a Hotpoint fridge freezer (model number FF175BP),” a spokesman said on Friday.

Firefighters film their approach to the Grenfell Tower fire

“We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations. 

“Under these circumstances, we are unable to speculate on further details at this time. We are addressing this as a matter of utmost urgency and assisting the authorities in any way we can. We will provide additional updates as our investigations progress.”

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He added: “”Consumers who believe they may have a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or FF175BG should call our freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 so that we can register their details and contact them with further information.”

Scotland Yard issued an alert over materials used on the west London tower after samples caught light easily during new independent checks.

Police said they will also consider manslaughter charges as part of their criminal investigation. Officers said all companies involved in refurbishing or building the tower will be reviewed.

At least 79 people are feared to have died in the blaze, which began in the early hours of Wednesday, June 14.

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