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In this Friday, June 23, 2017 file photo shows the burnt Grenfell Tower after the recent fire in London. (Photo: AP/Frank Augstein, File)

The charred remains of Grenfell Tower, the 24-story London apartment building where a fire killed 72 people last year, no longer need preserving as a crime scene, the police announced on Thursday.

The announcement leaves British officials to decide whether to tear down a building that still looms over West London as a reminder of a wrenching chapter in the lives of neighbors and fire survivors who see it as a symbol of official neglect.

“Simply put, we have everything we need from the tower,” Cmdr. Stuart Cundy of London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The police recovered evidence on the construction and maintenance of the building and used laser scanning, photography and video to virtually recreate Grenfell Tower as part of the investigation into what caused the fire.

The authorities have said they are considering possible criminal charges including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of the Health and Safety Act.

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