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May calls for major investigation of cladding

Grenfell residents ‘demand voices are heard’ in public inquiry Neil Hall Reuters
Stacy Diaz | 29 June, 2017, 08:58

Police on Tuesday named a five-year-old boy as the youngest of the dead so far formally identified.

At least 79 people died when a fire that started in a fridge freezer engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block on June 14, trapping many inside their apartments as they slept.

His family have said: "Isaac our beloved son was taken from us when he was only five years old". "We will all miss our kind, energetic, generous little boy".

Charles also met some of the survivors of the deadly fire, holding the hand of a man who said he had lost his family in the blaze, while another woman fought back tears after chatting with the Prince.

The Sun reports Isaac lived with his family on the 18th floor.

Coroner's officer Eric Sword told the hearing Isaac's preliminary cause of death had been given as "inhalation of fire fumes".

Asked why the authorities might stage a cover up, he said: "What people say is that if you put the numbers out early, there could be civil unrest".

His body, which was recovered by firefighters on the 13th floor, had to be identified by his dental records.

The British government has faced mounting criticism for its response to the disaster, while police say they would consider criminal charges, including manslaughter, over the fire.

A western German city has chose to evacuate an 11-storey apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of Grenfell Tower.

HOUSING bosses have sent off cladding samples from all Trafford's tower blocks to undergo government fire safety tests - and the results are expected within 48 hours.

Arconic's announcement came as the government announced that cladding material from 75 buildings in 26 local authorities had failed combustibility tests.

Checks are being carried out on hundreds of tower blocks there, after it was established that the cladding on the 26-storey building helped the fire to spread. Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said every building tested so far had failed.

Britain's prime minister said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers, while a German city evacuated an 11-story building because of safety concerns prompted by the fatal fire in London.