Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

London fire victims may never be identified

London fire victims may never be identified

Mr Khan said the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".

High-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, the London mayor has said.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

'As London faith representatives, our united minds, hearts and prayers are with everyone in Grenfell Tower and with the families and friends of all those who are impacted. Protesters demanding to know how fire could tear rapidly through social housing as residents slept.

The Guardian newspaper reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling in the renovation that ended in May 2016.

The latest figure included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the devastating fire on Wednesday.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy asserted that their investigation will "establish the facts and provide answers", as they "look into what criminal offences may have been committed".

When asked why they couldn't get access to it, she said: "Because no one's telling us where it is".

"It has been decided today that the public inquiry will report back to me personally", May said.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had been paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blacked tower but has resumed.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS [National Health Service] and the community has been heroic", May said in a statement released Saturday after the prime minister met with victims and community leaders. Everyone displaced will be housed nearby within three weeks, she promised. I want that information as much as anybody else.

Prime Minister Theresa May met Saturday at 10 Downing Street with the families of some of the victims, along with volunteers and community leaders from the North Kensington neighbourhood where the building caught fire.

Some victims may never be identified.

In a television interview, the Prime Minister said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected.

"Everything possible will be done to help them", the prime minister said of the victims in a statement.

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

Protestors gather outside Downing Street. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

Between 50 and 60 people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall as members of the public demanded the council, which owned the tower blocks, to give reassurances to the victims.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

All of those living in the apartment block who survived the blaze were made homeless by the tragedy, and many have lost loved ones as a result.

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