10 still in critical condition after London fire

Aaron Brown
June 19, 2017

Protesters have stormed Kensington Town Hall in west London during a rally to demand "justice" for the victims of Wednesday's Grenfell Tower Fire.

Almost 200 people chanting "We want justice!" marched near Notting Hill Gate tube station on Friday, demanding action from local councilors tasked with housing people following the disaster.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London are searching frantically for their loved ones, as the police commander in charge of the investigation says he hopes the death toll will not rise to three figures.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Cundy said: "I'm able to say at this point in time at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire".

Prime Minister Theresa May came in for trenchant criticism from angry victims of Grenfell Tower tragedy for allegedly being "cold as a fish" to it, but Queen Elizabeth II was hailed for reflecting the national mood on Saturday, her official birthday.

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed putting some of them up in empty luxury homes owned by wealthy residents of the area - which is a fairly affluent neighborhood.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

Grenfell Tower residents had expressed a series of concerns to the local council, including the lack of sprinklers and the fact that it had a single staircase - a common feature of 1970s tower blocks.

Mr Khan said the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".

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The Met are unable to confirm the actual number of people who still remain missing after the fire, but it's definitely high.

"Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide", she said in a statement.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

She returned Friday to meet survivors, residents and volunteers at a local church - but faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".

Cundy said that there was no indication that Wednesday's fire was started deliberately, but investigators were still studying why the flames races so quickly through the 24-story building in west London.

"My neighbor said he would hold him and bring him down", she told London's Evening Standard. London police expect the toll to rise but it could take months to search the building and identify the victims.

"It is criminal to wrap homes in flammable plastic", read another sign after it emerged that cladding installed on the exterior walls of the tower as part of refurbishment was officially graded as not fire-resistant.

Two government ministers - Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Greg Hands - said Sunday the cladding used on the building's exterior seems to be banned by British regulations.

Mansour also said the council had been asked to provide a list of all the people who lived in the tower block, but had replied that it was unable to.

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