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U.S. Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Fire at London’s Grenfell Tower

Lawsuit against Whirlpool and cladding and insulation manufacturers

 

FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 14, 2017, smoke rises from a fire in the Grenfell Tower building in west London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham FILE)

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a lawsuit filed over the 2017 fire at London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson says in Wednesday’s ruling that it would be more efficient to try the case in England. The lawsuit argued that faulty building materials made by U.S. manufacturers turned the high-rise into a “flaming coffin.”

The 2017 fire started in a refrigerator and raced up the side of the 24-story building.

Plaintiffs may consider an appeal.

The suit was filed last year against Michigan-based Whirlpool and Pennsylvania-based makers of cladding and insulation.

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