Manslaughter charges possible in London's Grenfell fire disaster: Police

London police said on Tuesday that 'nothing is off the table' during the Grenfell Tower fire investigation.VIDEO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed about 80 people in London in June could result in manslaughter charges, but any prosecutions could be months away due to the complexity of the forensic work, police said on Tuesday (Sept 19).

The 24-storey social housing block, home to a poor, multi-ethnic community, was destroyed on June 14 by a fire that started in a fourth-floor flat in the middle of the night and rapidly engulfed the whole building.

Police have formally identified 60 of the victims, but painstaking forensic work is ongoing to find human remains, some of them tiny fragments among tonnes of debris inside the charred ruin.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said it was likely the final toll would be a little below 80.

McCormack said police had so far identified 336 companies or organisations that were involved in the construction, refurbishment and management of the tower and officers had recovered as many as 31 million documents from all of those.