Experts who recovered remains in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center in New York City have been brought in to aid officials in identifying victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
According to Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, the “extraordinary size” of the scene meant “the only comparable advice” that could be found was from investigators who had related experience.
Mackey said that the 200 officers currently investigating the scene would be sifting through 15 tons of debris “until Christmas time.”
Regarding the blaze, Mackey said, “Without wanting to be too graphic… the fire in some parts of that building [Grenfell] burned at over 1,000 degrees for a considerable period of time.
“So, we are now working through, floor-by-floor, and it is literally a case of sifting and working through the debris – sadly, the remains – to try and desperately identify parts of people so we can reunite [them with their families].”
Mackey called the work at the Grenfell Tower site “one of the most complex recovery operations we’ve seen.”
At least 80 people are thought to have died in the devastating blaze in north Kensington on June 14.
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