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A report by Dr John Glover concludes that the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer is the "likely" cause of the tragic Grenfell tower fire.

 

We picked up on this last night as the story broke on the main media outlets and we fully expect that this will cause some concern to the public but we've got to throw in a few points of our own here.

First off, keep in mind that this appliance was at least and, we do mean at least nine years old.

We do not know the history of the machine at all if it's been repaired, altered or anything and we suspect neither does the author of the report.

We do not know the conditions it was in and that can have a profound effect.

That said the report is reported to state that CT scans of the connector and found spaces "indicating the crimp was not nice and tight".

He added: "A probable cause of the fire is a poor crimp connection.

"The overheating connector in my opinion was the first event that started burning the insulation on the wires that led to a short circuit.

"The overheating of the crimp starts the fire. It overheats, it glows, it ignites."

But there is no conclusive evidence to be able to determine that this is indeed what happened that we can find, only that this is the opinion of the report.

The reason we're not convinced is pretty simple really, this model has no known issues and has not proved to be problematic at all and, we know there's a good few of these out there. If there was an issue with them we'd expect to see multiple instances of a problem, not a single one.

And it flies is the face of a previous forensic report that said; “On the basis of the available evidence, it is more likely than not that the area of origin of the fire was in, or around, the tall fridge freezer in the southeast part of the kitchen,” Professor Niamh Nic Daid wrote.

“The cause of the fire remains undetermined although, based on the available information, it is more likely than not be an accidental cause rather than a deliberate act.

From what we can see then, really nobody actually knows and it's a guessing game.

Our advice is, do not panic about a fire risk in your appliance/s unless you are advised of a risk.

In the end however that does not help the victims and it does not detract from the fact that the fire should not have spread as it did.

The inquest is ongoing.

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