Whirlpool fridge mannequin declared secure after London’s Grenfell fireplace

LONDON (Reuters) – A mannequin of Whirlpool fridge freezer has been declared secure after technical investigations ordered by the British authorities as a result of final 12 months’s lethal Grenfell Tower fireplace was initially thought to have began in one of many home equipment.

Seventy-one individuals died within the blaze which engulfed Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey social housing block, in the course of the night time final June.

In the times after the catastrophe, police mentioned the blaze had began in a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer, prompting the government to order detailed exams of the mannequin, of which some 64,000 items have been manufactured between 2006 and 2009.

Britain’s business ministry and Whirlpool each mentioned on Tuesday that the exams had established the mannequin was secure and no recall was vital.

“We wish to reassure consumers that these models are safe and that people may continue to use them as normal,” Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel mentioned in an announcement.

The fashions investigated have been the FF175BP and its color variant the FF175BG.

The causes of the Grenfell Tower fireplace are the topic of a public inquiry which is because of begin public hearings subsequent month. A separate police investigation is beneath method which may lead to felony prices.

The areas beneath investigation by each the general public inquiry and the police embody whether or not security requirements have been met within the design, development, upkeep and refurbishment of the constructing.

Some former residents had mentioned earlier than the blaze that they’d severe security considerations about varied options of the constructing, however that their warnings fell on deaf ears.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; enhancing by Stephen Addison

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