Grenfell Tower fire inquiry to open

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, will begin on 14 September.

The inquiry, to be led by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will explore the causes and eventual spread of the fire,as well as high-rise regulations and the response of the local authority.

It will examine: the cause and spread of the fire; the design, construction and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower; the scope and adequacy of the relevant regulations relating to high-rise buildings; whether the relevant legislation and guidance were complied with in the case of Grenfell Tower; the actions of the local authority and other bodies before the tragedy; the response of the London Fire Brigade to the fire; and the response of central and local government in the aftermath.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has faced strong condemnation for its actions immediately after, and since, the incident took place. Council leader Nick Paget-Brown resigned following criticism on 30 June.

The inquiry is expected to produce an interim report by Easter 2018.

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