Grim Search at London Blaze Site Continues as Anger Mounts


And as NPR's Frank Langfitt in London, police are hoping that the death toll will not reach the triple digits.

Our columnist Polly Toynbee says May's initial refusal to meet survivors of the tragedy showed that her political career was finished as Grenfell became a "tomb" for the austerity of the Cameron-Osborne-May era.

A fire department spokesman said crews are working to secure the debris so that two subway lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

Witnesses to Wednesday's blaze said the flames spread quickly up the building, which was left a charred shell. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building.

Her message follows an evening of protests in Kensington, where the fire took place, and outside Downing Street, where angry crowds shouted "May must go".

"This is an absolutely very bad fire that took place".

Corbyn's approach to the fire, which has so far killed 30 people and injured dozens of others, has been heralded by the public.

The Queen and Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, residents and community representatives earlier this week at the Westway Sports Centre.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

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The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth. "People died in their homes".

On Saturday morning, NHS England said there are 19 patients in four London hospitals receiving care of which 10 are critical.

Music mogul Simon Cowell has admitted that the fire at London's Grenfell Tower, which is less than a mile from his home, "sent chills through him" and has prompted him to make a charity record with all proceeds going to those affected by the horror blaze.

As well as anger at the prime minister's response, questions have been raised over the government's policy on safety in social housing.

The Guardian newspaper reported that when the building was renovated in 2016, a cheaper form of aluminum composite cladding was used that did not contain fire-resistant material.

The leading body for town and city councils in England and Wales announced Friday it is to conduct an urgent review of fire safety in high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. The group previous year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulation panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system.

An investigation led by a senior detective from Scotland Yard's homicide and major crime command is under way with calls for "corporate manslaughter" arrests to be made. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.