High-rise groups’ fire cul­pa­bil­ity stud­ied

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — Bri­tish po­lice said Thurs­day that they have “rea­son­able grounds” to sus­pect that lo­cal author­i­ties may have com­mit­ted cor­po­rate man­slaugh­ter in a deadly high-rise fire in Lon­don.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice force said it has of­fi­cially in­formed the Royal Bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea, which owns the Gren­fell Tower pub­lic hous­ing block, and the man­age­ment group, the Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Tenant Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, that they are un­der sus­pi­cion.

The news ar­rived in a let­ter that po­lice sent to res­i­dents of the build­ing. The let­ter said a se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive of each body will be in­ter­viewed about the fire as part of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice have said for weeks that their in­ves­ti­ga­tion will con­sider whether any­one should be charged with a crime. Po­lice said Thurs­day that they were “con­sid­er­ing the full range of of­fenses, from cor­po­rate man­slaugh­ter to reg­u­la­tory breaches.”

At least 80 peo­ple died June 14 when an early morn­ing fire store through the west Lon­don high-rise. It was the dead­li­est fire in Bri­tain in more than a cen­tury.

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