58 presumed dead in London tower blaze, police say

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Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

The queen has expressed her sympathy to the family members of those who have lost loved ones. At least one protester was detained.

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two. Firefighters took more than 24 hours to bring the blaze under control.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in her 10 Downing Street office on Saturday, officials said. "I knew them. I watched the flames". But we may well need help from our close neighbours.

SEEING RED Protesters clash with security staff on the stairs inside Kensington Town Hall in west London on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as they call for a response from council officials and demand justice for those affected by the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 14.

Cundy added that the death toll could rise.

But when she was asked in an interview on Newsnight on Friday night about whether she had misread the public mood, she sidestepped the question.

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May herself had come in for a barrage of criticism for failing to visit residents and her response to the disaster. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people".

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire. 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.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter.

May made a private visit to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is treating eight survivors on Friday afternoon, after being heavily criticized for attending the site but not meeting the Tower block's residents.

Residents who survived said they warned the building's manager about fire hazards for years but were ignored. "This is an absolutely terrible fire that took place", May said.

A top former Conservative politician and Times of London columnist blasted May over her handling of the fire, and said that she must resign.

Police commander Stuart Cundy said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

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