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London Police Look at Criminal Charges in High-Rise Fire Tragedy

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Variety of charges considered in Grenfell Tower blaze

 

In this Friday, June 16, 2017 file photo, emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London. British police say the final death toll in the Grenfell Tower high-rise fire is 71. London’s Metropolitan Police force say remains have been identified from 71 people killed in the June 14 blaze, including a baby who was stillborn. A total of 223 people escaped the fire, it was reported on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

 

LONDON (AP) — London police are considering a variety of criminal charges related to the June fire at Grenfell Tower that killed 71 people.

Police told an inquiry Monday that the possible charges include misconduct in public office, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety regulation.

No one has yet been charged.

Jeremy Johnson, the lawyer representing the police at the inquiry, said the scope of the police investigation was “unprecedented” in a case that did not involve an extremist attack.

He said police are studying 31 million documents and 2,500 exhibits.

Johnson spoke at a hearing spelling out how a detailed inquiry into the disaster will be carried out.

Officials say the goal is to make sure there is never a repeat of the catastrophe.

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