London police say 58 people assumed dead in tower block blaze

Terry Joseph
June 19, 2017

Grief and disbelief at seeing a tower that had been home to up to 600 people reduced to a burned-out shell turned to outrage and anger.

Government staff have been drafted to manage the response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 USA dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

The British government has announced that a minute's silence will be held at 11am tomorrow to remember those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately. "Again, I would urge them if that is you, I don't care the reason, please, please contact us".

"It has been decided today that the public inquiry will report back to me personally", May said. Metropolitan Police Stuard Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks".

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

"Those who mock health and safety, regulations and red tape need to take a hard look at the consequences of cutting these and ask themselves whether Grenfell Tower is a price worth paying".

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

Mr Khan, who said it was "humbling" to attend the service, paid tribute to the community for its resilience but said a feeling of anger remains.

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Residents and victims have expressed outrage at Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the site the day before without meeting with local residents.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families. I want that information as much as anybody else.

Some victims may never be identified.

The blame for the fire has been the subject of a heated debate, with accusations the block was clad in panels known to be a fire risk.

One of them told reporters they spoken to the Prime Minister for two and a half hours about their demands and what they expected.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire.

The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.

All of those living in the apartment block who survived the blaze were made homeless by the tragedy, and many have lost loved ones as a result.

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