Two British ministers have admitted that the aluminium cladding that was used on the Grenfell tower – which has been blamed for the blaze which killed at least 58 people – may have been illegal in the United Kingdom.

Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Greg Hands said the cladding used on the exterior of the building appeared to be banned by British regulations.

It’s worth noting that the investigation is still undergoing, but the popular discussion has focused heavily on the cladding, based on how quickly the building went up in flames.

“My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn’t in accordance with UK building regulations,” Mr Hands told Sky News. “We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached.”

He said that the government is conducting a full investigation into how this happened – which takes on a certain urgency considering there are approximately 2,500 similar council towers around the United Kingdom.

Labour MP David Lammy has called upon the government to seize all documents related to the building’s renovation in case they contain evidence of criminal wrongdoing. “The Prime Minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law,” he said.

Lammy delivered an emotional interview to cameras about a woman he had known who died in the tower’s blaze.

“When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organisations,” he continued.

Police have confirmed at least 58 people died in the blaze, with more expected to be confirmed over the coming days. It is believed that a number of the dead may never be identified.

Source: ABC News.

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