London protesters demand answers over fire tragedy

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"My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here", Chancellor Philip Hammond said in a BBC interview.

Women comfort each other near the Grenfell apartment tower block in North Kensington.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal probe.

British Labour MP David Lammy called for arrests to be made over what he labelled "corporate manslaughter", lambasting Britain's public housing crisis which he says has left towers like Grenfell in appalling condition.

Meanwhile, UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the outer wall covering on the Grenfell Tower, known as cladding, is banned in the UK. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just previous year.

"We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire trucks were involved in operations to douse the blaze, which last for several hours.

The group said: "In our meeting at Downing Street, we explained to the Prime Minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy".

Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires
The blaze on Saturday hit the mountainous area amid an intense heat wave and rainless thunderstorms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives in the forest fires in Portugal .

Amongst the dead was artist Khadija Saye, whose photography is now being exhibited at the Vienna Biennale. He has not provided details about the inquiry.

The Government has also announced that a minute's silence will be held for the victims at 11am tomorrow.

Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.

They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower housed mainly poor people in a hugely wealthy neighbourhood.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government earlier sought to quell anger over the fire, pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents.

"Newspapers are calling May's decision not to meet survivors the day after the blaze her "Hurricane Katrina" moment", NPR's Frank Langfitt notes. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals. Counselors are already working with 52 families.

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two. "What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", Mrs May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday that this number, which was based on reports from the public, may rise. Forensic analysts are using DNA and dental methods to try and identify some of the discovered remains. "The bodies have been taken to a morgue, but more bodies remain in the building".

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