58 missing, presumed dead in London fire : London police


Protesters march up during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, Britain, on June 16, 2017. Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the i.

Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames at 1am last Wednesday in one of the worst fire disasters in the history of Britain. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just past year. "So that 58 would include that 30", he said. The figure of 58 are those that are missing and I have to assume are dead.

"The investigation will look into what criminal offences may have been committed".

Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police, also cautioned there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.

"The reason we had to pause the search and recovery yesterday was for the safety of our staff".

"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died". The entire community has been affected by the fire and are looking to the country to assist in their hour of need.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into what caused the apartment that once housed almost 600 people in 120 units, to go up into flames.

Following the meeting, Mrs May released a strongly-worded statement in which she said on-the-ground support for families in the immediate aftermath of the blaze "was not good enough".

He said five of the dead had been formally identified, and it would be a slow and painstaking task to identify the others because of the intensity of the fire.

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"This is an incredible distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can", he said.

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William visited the disaster site, which was compared to the visit of May, who confined herself to speaking to police and fire brigade officials and not the victims. "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood". On Friday evening, May was interviewed by Emily Maitlis on the BBC programme "Newsnight" where she sidestepped questions over whether she misread the public mood and anger over the Grenfell fire as well as what her personal response is - leading to more criticism of being called "robotic" and "cold".

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Later that afternoon, demonstrators stormed the offices of Kensington and Chelsea Council over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the rapid spread of the blaze.

British officials said Sunday that exterior cladding used in a recent renovation of the building may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. The group past year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulating panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system. Churches and community centers are providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in.

"The current number of fatalities is at least 30".

"The Prime Minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law".