Work begins to cover remains of Grenfell Tower in white sheeting

Work begins to cover remains of Grenfell Tower in white sheeting

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Work has begun to cover the Grenfell Tower, nearly four months after a devastating fire killed an estimated 80 people.

The building will be covered in white sheeting, floor-by-floor, to shield it from public view, and remnants of the cladding system will also be taken away for examination, authorities say.

The work was expected to be completed in the first few months of 2018, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) said. White protective wrapping will start appearing around the scaffolding from Saturday.

The first five floors are expected to be covered by the end of next week, a spokesman for the borough said. Then the material will go up at the pace of one week per floor.

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The scaffold structure is already in place up to the 18th floor on the 24-storey building’s east face and at the fifth floor on the other three sides.

The June 14 tragedy, which also left hundreds homeless, triggered the launch of a public inquiry and a large criminal investigation. According to some mental health professionals, the charred remains of the tower might be worsening the trauma for those living nearby.

Survivors of the fire will be offered the chance to settle permanently in the UK, the Government said this week.

The tower is earmarked for demolition towards the end of next year, but police are still searching through the remains for evidence.

Recovery workers are also removing bags of the debris which was expelled from the structure and piled up on the ground.

Lorries have been drafted in to help remove the loose wreckage, which will be taken to a secure depot and stored in metal containers, the Grenfell Response Team said.

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