A fridge has been revealed to have started the Grenfell Tower fire, while the cladding and insulation on the block has failed safety tests, police said.

Metropolitan Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint FF175BP model had not been subject to any product recall.

At the scene of the fire in north Kensington on June 14 witnesses described hearing one resident claiming it was his appliance which was responsible.

The Metropolitan Detective confirmed the number of people known to have died, including those classed as missing presumed dead, remains the same at 79.

Ms McCormack said the tests carried out as part of the investigation were "small scale", but added: "All I can say at the moment is they (tiles and insulation) don't pass any safety tests

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"What we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests."

She added: "Our investigation is to establish how the fire started."

The Government has ordered an immediate examination by experts of the model of Hotpoint fridge freezer involved in the Grenfell Tower fire, Downing Street said.

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