Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze

It started in a fridge-freezer, say police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2017 7:54 AM CDT
Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze
A view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building in London.   (Metropolitan Police via AP)

In an emotional phone call, Fadumo Ahmed told her mom she was stuck on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower as the deadly blaze raged. "I can't get out. Goodbye," the 32-year-old said, per the Telegraph. In the days that followed, Ahmed's friends put her photo on missing posters but received no information about what happened to her. On Thursday, however, her family shared unbelievable news: A firefighter had found Ahmed passed out on a fire escape on the 18th floor of the 24-story tower and carried her out. Ahmed, who lived on the 19th floor, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and is now recovering from severe smoke inhalation, her mom tells the Evening Standard, adding the family saw Ahmed being put into an ambulance on the night of the blaze and had no idea her friends thought she was missing.

"He is a hero. He saved her life, it's that simple," she says of the unidentified firefighter. But while her daughter was one of the lucky ones, 79 others died or are presumed dead as a result of the blaze. Metropolitan Police say it started in a Hotpoint fridge-freezer with the model number FF175BP on the fourth floor of the tower and spread quickly, per the Evening Standard. Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack—who has promised an "exhaustive" investigation, per the BBC—adds authorities will now consider manslaughter charges after the building's insulation and cladding "failed all safety tests." Officials say cladding samples from 11 other high-rise buildings in eight municipalities in the UK, including in London, have also failed tests. (More Grenfell stories.)

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