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Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by The GC Team

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Police confirm Grenfell Tower fire caused by Hotpoint fridge freezer

Police have confirmed that the fire which destroyed a tower block in Kensington on 14th June, which so far has resulted in 79 people presumed dead, was started by a Hotpoint fridge freezer.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack from the London Metropolitan police, who is overseeing the investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, this morning said: “We now have expert evidence that the fire was not started deliberately. The fire started in a fridge freezer. The make and model is a Hotpoint FF175BP.

“We are working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who are talking to the manufacturer of the fridge freezer, but we do know that this model has not been subject to any product recall.

“Further testing on the fridge freezer is being carried out by the manufacturer.”

During the period March 2006 to July 2009, a total of 64,000 of the suspect fridge freezers were manufactured by Indesit under the Hotpoint brand. The models, FF175BP or FF175BG, were discontinued in 2009, several years before Whirlpool acquired Indesit Company and its brands. 

Whirlpool said the actual number of appliances in use today will be lower due to normal product obsolescence, given the time period involved. 

This morning, the company released this statement: “Words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy. We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, including the emergency services who risked their lives to extinguish the blaze and rescue those in the building.

“We have just been informed that the fire may have originated in a Hotpoint fridge freezer (model number FF175BP). 

“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. 

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

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