Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK police: 58 dead and presumed dead in London blaze


Fifty-eight people who have been reported missing after Grenfell Tower caught fire are presumed to be dead, London police confirmed today.

She tweeted on the afternoon after the fire: "Can't get through to hospitals for info on my niece and the helpline is useless as they only take info and are not able to give information".

The PM has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze, as the cladding used to insulate the tower block and the building's safety measures have come under scrutiny.

"The awful reality of the fire that night means that we are supporting some people who may have lost a number of members of their family on that night", Cundy said.

Mrs May arrived in Downing Street on Saturday where she is chairing the Government taskforce on the calamity.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Friday that at least 30 people died in this week's fire which swept through a residential tower block in west London.

"This is an absolutely terrible fire that took place", May said.

The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames.

British officials have announced a nationwide minute of silence to honour the victims on Monday morning.

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named.

"It's not just Nick Paget-Brown [chief of council in Kensington and Chelsea], it's other people that people are calling for, for heads to roll".

He said the group had spoken about their "demands and what we expect".

In a report, BBC said the number could be around 70 people in total.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. "But I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there", he said.

Briefing reporters at police headquarters, Cundy became visibly upset as he described conditions in the charred tower, where a search and recovery operation is expected to last weeks.

Khan said people were frustrated by the lack of information about the missing and the dead, as well as a lack of coordination between support services.

Commander Mr Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks".

"Finally, I would like to repeat what I have said before which is that my heart goes out, those of my colleagues, those of the wider emergency services, the community here, Londoners, and indeed everybody across this nation". "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood".

The queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy". People lost everything in the fire and were left in only the clothes they were wearing.

Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, said there were officials on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out to help residents, but he sidestepped questions over whether he feels guilty about what happened.

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