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UK Police End Forensic Search of High-Rise Fire

Grenfell Tower fire killed over 70 people

 

In this Friday, June 23, 2017 file photo, the burnt Grenfell Tower apartment building is seen in London. British police say on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 they have finished their forensic examination of Grenfell Tower, more than a year after the London high-rise was ravaged by a fire that killed 72 people. Forensics officers spent months combing through the charred rubble for victims’ remains, and for clues to how a blaze that started in an apartment kitchen was able to race through the 24-storey residential block. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

 

LONDON (AP) — British police have finished their forensic examination of Grenfell Tower more than a year after a fast-moving fire at the London high-rise killed 72 people.

Forensics officers spent months combing through the charred rubble for victims’ remains and for clues to how a blaze that started in an apartment kitchen was able to race through the 24-story residential building.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Thursday that officers recovered “huge quantities of material” for a criminal investigation.

Police are considering corporate manslaughter charges in the June 2017 blaze. No one has been charged yet.

Grenfell Tower no longer is a crime scene now that the search for physical evidence is done.

The police force says it will turn the publicly owned building over to the government. Survivors and residents will help decide what form of memorial will replace the gutted tower.

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