clear
Tuesday June 27th, 2017 10:12AM

The Latest: UK: New siding on burned tower broke rules

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the London high-rise tragedy (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

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.

___

1:45 p.m.

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 attached."

Experts say the cladding and the insulation it contained seems to have spread the flames quickly along the exterior of the building, overwhelming safety devices like fire doors.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed last year. The building was gutted by a fast-moving fire early Wednesday, claiming at least 58 lives.

___

1:10 p.m.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has attended a church service near the ruined London high-rise apartment building where at least 58 people perished.

The mayor and his wife Saadiya joined the congregation Sunday at St. Clement's Church near Grenfell Tower.

Flowers and posters of missing persons are still taped to the gates of the church, which has been used as a temporary shelter and gathering point for donations.

Khan is London's first Muslim mayor.

He says it may be necessary for many of the outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.

___

11:45 a.m.

A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.

David Lammy said Sunday he is worried that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

Lammy said that "the prime minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law."

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out. He says trust in the authorities is "falling through the floor."

Police have said criminal prosecutors will be pursued if there is evidence of wrongdoing. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed last year.

___

11:25 a.m.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party is calling for the government to take over empty homes for use by residents displaced by the London high-rise fire.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sunday the government has the power to take over empty apartments and offer them to the hundreds of Grenfell Tower residents left homeless in Wednesday' inferno.

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it — there's a lot of things you can do."

He said the situation has become an emergency and that "all assets" should be brought to the table.

The government is struggling to find temporary housing for people who lived in the 24-story tower. At least 58 people are believed to have died in the blaze.

___

9:40 a.m.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain.

The Home Office said late Saturday night it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the U.K. in these terribly sad circumstances."

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the difficult process of identifying human remains continues.

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the U.K. because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family."

Police say at least 58 people are either confirmed or presumed dead, with the figure likely to rise in coming days.

Other victims have been named by their families.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Business, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill
A Republican senator is warning against rushing a vote on a GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health care law
2:37PM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: UK: New siding on burned tower broke rules
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
2:20PM ( 27 minutes ago )
The Latest: Arnold Palmer's 1960 US Open win honored at Erin
The 18th hole at Erin Hills has a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open
2:19PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Romania's ruling party goes to Parliament to remove premier
Romania's ruling party submits a vote of no-confidence against its own government after it withdrew its support for the prime minister
1:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Portugal forest fire death toll likely to rise
Portugal's prime minister says the death toll in the country's deadliest wildfire in memory is likely to rise
1:26PM ( 1 hour ago )
Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote
French voters are casting ballots in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron's hold on power, as his fledgling party overturns politics as usual
1:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire
Two British ministers said Sunday that cladding used on the exterior of Grenfell Tower in a renovation completed last year may have been banned under U.K. building regulations
12:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Low turnout so far in French parliamentary vote
The turnout in France's parliamentary election is trending low, with just over 35 percent of eligible voters casting ballots by late afternoon
11:55AM ( 2 hours ago )
Military hero McRaven having trouble as Texas chancellor
American military hero Bill McRaven is running into political problems in his role as chancellor of the University of Texas System
11:48AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business
Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations
Cuba rejects Trump's criticism as 'hostile' but seeks to maintain official ties even as U.S. rolls back some changes instituted by Obama
11:48AM ( 1 day ago )
Putin: New sanctions will 'complicate' Russia-US ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new U.S. sanctions on Russia will damage ties between both countries
7:06AM ( 1 day ago )
Amazon-Whole Foods deal hammers grocery stores; Dow ticks up
US stocks finish barely higher, but grocery stores, wholesale clubs and other retailers drop after Amazon said it will buy Whole Foods.
11:41PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Economy
GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill
A Republican senator is warning against rushing a vote on a GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health care law
2:37PM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Arnold Palmer's 1960 US Open win honored at Erin
The 18th hole at Erin Hills has a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open
2:19PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Reports swirl about Beyonce's twins, but no confirmation yet
Mum's the word from Beyonce and Jay Z and their reps, even though reports are flying that the much-anticipated twins have made their arrival.
2:19PM ( 29 minutes ago )
The Latest: French vote: Macron's party gets large majority
Partial official results from France's second-round parliamentary elections show President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party with a clear lead over the country's traditional right-wing and leftist parties
2:15PM ( 32 minutes ago )
The Latest: French polls: Macron party to get large majority
French polling agencies are projecting that President Emmanuel Macron's new centrist party will have a large majority in the powerful lower house of parliament and a clear mandate to overhaul the way France works and does business
2:05PM ( 42 minutes ago )