International desk – Investigators on Friday said the last week’s deadly fire at a residential tower in London was caused by a refrigerator, media reports say.
The fire at Grenfell Tower fire killed at least 79 people.
The Metropolitan Police said that the massive blaze originated with a Hotpoint fridge freezer manufactured by Whirlpool subsidiary Indesit.
Whirlpool (WHR) said in a statement that 64,000 Hotpoint units carrying the model numbers FF175BP and FF175BG had been manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, according to CNN.
It said that owners of the model should contact its customer hotline and provide their details. Authorities said the model had never been recalled.
Whirlpool, which acquired Italy-based Indesit in 2014, pledged to work with authorities as they investigate the fire.
“We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved-ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families,” Whirlpool said in a statement.
“We are addressing this as a matter of utmost urgency.”
The U.K. government has ordered an “immediate examination” of the unit by technical experts.
But it added that there was “no specific reason for consumers to switch off their fridge freezer pending further investigation.”
Whirlpool said that fewer than 64,000 units were likely to still be in use because of normal obsolescence. Shares in Whirlpool declined 2.5% in New York, the broadcaster added.