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Grenfell Tower fire started from Hotpoint fridge: headquarters in Peterborough

Hotpoint fridge freezer may have been the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire Photo: PA

The Metropolitan Police Service revealed that a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer has been identified as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Government has ordered an immediate examination of the unit by technical experts to establish the cause of the incident.

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Hotpoint's headquarters in Peterborough have released a statement expressing their sorrow for the terrible tragedy.

“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.

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. We will provide additional updates as our investigations progress."

– Whirlpool UK
Whirlpool's UK headquarters is in Peterborough - the company owns the Hotpoint and Indesit brands. Credit: ITV News

Hotpoint added that during the period 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."

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said: “The safety of consumers is paramount."

"The device is being subject to immediate and rigorous testing to establish the cause of the fire. I have made clear to the company that I will expect them to replace any item without delay if it is established that there is a risk in using them.”

– Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Product notice released from Hotpoint Credit: Hotpointservice.co.uk

Consumers who believe they may own a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey) should call Whirlpool Corporation’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer to register their details for further updates.

79 people are thought to have been killed in the fire in London, with many still missing and presumed dead.