Hotpoint fridge freezer may have sparked Grenfell Tower blaze

Police have confirmed that the Grenfell Tower fire may have been started by a faulty Hotpoint fridge freezer.

The blaze at the 24-storey tower block at north Kensington in London on June 14 has so far claimed 79 lives.

Hotpoint’s parent company Whirlpool said in a statement: “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.

“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.

“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/fridge-freezer so that we can register their details and contact them with further information.”

The company added that from March 2006 to July 2009, a total of 64,000 units were manufactured by Indesit under the Hotpoint brand. The actual number of appliances in use today will be lower due to normal product obsolescence, given the time period involved. These models were discontinued in 2009, several years before Whirlpool acquired Indesit.

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