Monday 22 January 2018

Irish owners advised to check their Hotpoint fridge freezers after Grenfell tragedy

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Manufacturer Hotpoint has issued an advisory notice about the model of fridge freezer which started the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

In a notice posted online and shared by Dublin Fire Brigade the manufacturer said they have been made aware of an incident involving a Hotpoint branded appliances, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.

Earlier today Metropolitan Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the fire at Grenfell started in a Hotpoint FF175BP.

Witnesses at the scene of the 24-storey blaze in north Kensington on June 14 described hearing one resident claiming it was his appliance which was responsible.

The number of people to have died, including those classed as missing presumed dead, remains at 79.

This evening Hotpoint advised customers how to check if their fridge is affected. The notice relates to the FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (Graphite).

"Please check your model and serial number, usually located on a sticker behind the salad container, Or look for the model data label below on your appliance."

They the owners of these Fridge Freezers to complete a form and "we will update when further information is available".

This evening it was confirmed that 800 households are to be evacuated from a council estate in north London in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place.

The high-rise buildings on the Chalcots estate in Camden were being emptied on Friday evening after firefighters said they "could not guarantee our residents' safety", local council leader Georgia Gould said.

She told Sky that a rest centre had been set up and residents were being found hotels and other accommodation.

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