London fire: Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze - BBC News
A difference of opinion on how safe the building was. "Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year £10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. Work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system. The 24-storey tower, containing about 120 flats, is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the council. Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted". Policing and fire minister Mr Hurd said checks were now planned on tower blocks that have gone through similar refurbishment. Construction firm Rydon, which carried out the refurbishment, said it was "shocked to hear of the devastating fire" and added that the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards". In a statement, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, said it was "too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread". Council leader Nick Paget-Brown said the buildings were regularly inspected, but a "thorough investigation" was needed."