Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims


Earlier this week, May was confronted by protesters furious over her handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

British police say 58 people are missing and presumed to have died in this week's blaze at a west London highrise apartment building.

The fire, which started just before 1:00am on Wednesday, surprised many as they slept and the speed with which it spread shocked fire experts.

Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated.

Fifty-eight people are confirmed missing, suspected dead, in the fire at the Grenfell Tower, with that number expected to rise. "Again, I would urge them if that is you, I don't care the reason, please, please contact us". Metropolitan Police Stuard Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks".

"There's one woman this morning and her child, they have been moved three times since Wednesday into different accommodation". He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed.

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower.

One woman wept, saying it was because the PM declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting which lasted less than hour. May returned to the neighbourhood the following day to meet with survivors at St.

A representative of the families who met with May and spoke to reporters briefly after leaving 10th Downing Street said "we will be making this in the community, with the community".

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But the identification of the victims appears to be proving very hard, which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

Writing in the Observer newspaper, Khan says it may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes" of that era become a thing of the past.

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

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

She and her husband, Prince Philip, attended a memorial service for the victims.

This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood. In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government's response to the disaster was "not good enough" as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.

More than 100 people stormed the town hall Friday in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with a list of demands following the devastating tower block fire.

Survivors of the building claim that cheap materials for the cladding and a lack of maintenance on the building were to blame for the fatal fire.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building's exterior during a renovation past year was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. "We were seeking a change to the building regulations for that very goal", he added.