Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

London fire: Protesters swarm Downing Street, demand May's resignation

Councils across England are carrying out urgent reviews of high-rise buildings in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

But the Grenfell Tower fire could be her final undoing. A massive fire raced through the 24-story high-rise apartment building in w.

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified.

But the public mood still threatens to boil over into fury; late Friday afternoon, protestors stormed the doors of Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall to demand reparations.

"We are not stupid, we're aware people are dead".

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

Cundy said one of the victims was a person who died in hospital.

Commentators compared her visit to a visit Thursday by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, who was criticized for not meeting survivors.

A woman touches a poster for 12-year-old Jessica Urbano on a tribute wall Friday after laying flowers on the side of a church next to the Grenfell Tower in London.

"People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

May eventually did visit the hospital and met with victims.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you".

Firefighters were using drones and sniffer dogs to search the blackened tower, as some of the upper floors have not yet been made safe. Members of a parliamentary committee on fire safety allege that the Government has, for four years, sat on a report in which they strongly recommend introducing sprinklers and fire suppression systems in 4,000 tower blocks.

The investigation team will be drawn together from detectives from across the Metropolitan Police, led by Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, and will establish if a crime was committed before confirming what caused the tragedy.

Ms May on Thursday announced a public inquiry while Mr Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.

Grenfell Tower is a public housing project owned by the local government council and managed by a non-profit known as the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organization.

The U.K. newspaper said that Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material used in the cladding.

The Times reported that the type of cladding used on the building was banned in U.S. buildings taller than 40 feet (12.2 metres) because of fire safety fears.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry into the fire as it has emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the US since 2012 because of its flammability. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

The protests are a reflection of the anger in the community following the devastating fire that killed 30 people. The Times said the recently refurbished tower block had been fitted with cladding that wasn't fireproof, and that for less than $6,400 (5,000 pounds), a fire resistant version could have been used instead.

"It's hugely important for families to stay in the local area".

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London.

The protesters paused along Kensington Church Street, stopping near Notting Hill Gate station to give speeches by loudspeaker.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday sent an open letter to May, demanding that she explain how she will support the community following the deadly fire.

It may take some time though, before the families of the victims know the fate of their loved ones.

"She was a friend of a lot of people". "Sometimes all that's left is ash".

"The longer a fire burns, the less chance you have that there will be enough DNA left to test", Vanezis said.

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