First public inquiry hearing on the Grenfell Tower fire to open
A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later.
It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority.
The head of the investigation, Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a 45-minute statement which will be watched by residents and victims.
No evidence will be heard on the first day of the hearing, and an interim report is expected by Easter.
The fire started in a fridge freezer and spread quickly through the 24-storey tower block in North Kensington, in the early hours of 14 June.