London police say 58 people assumed dead in tower block blaze

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 19, 2017

Grenfell Tower burned down on Wednesday, June 14.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

In the wake of the fire, it has emerged that the panels fitted to the outside of Grenfell Tower during a substantial refurbishment in 2011 were the cheaper flammable version, that cost £22 each, compared to the "fire-resistant" version which cost £24 each.

The latest figure included the previously released number of 30 deaths in the catastrophe in North Kensington early 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".

London Mayor Sadiq 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.

"I thought the way they expressed themselves with a mixture of passion and reason was fantastic", he said. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a r.

One of her closest allies, Mr Damian Green, defended Mrs May yesterday.

The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety. Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.

The prime minister's response, characterized as stilted and lacking empathy, and her failure to meet with victims during an initial visit to the site only served to amplify complaints about her leadership. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims. However, the identification of the other victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

The blame for the fire has been the subject of a heated debate, with accusations the block was clad in panels known to be a fire risk.

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

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

On Saturday, May met with victims of the blaze at her 10 Downing St. offices for 2½ hours. "Based on what we know there is nothing to suggest that the fire was started deliberately", Cundy said. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

May on Friday visited some of the rescued undergoing treatment in Kensington and Chelsea Hospital.

Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.

The Prime Minister also gave reassurance to the victims of the fire that they will be consulted on the terms of reference for the upcoming Public Inquiry.

He promised an exhaustive investigation into the fire which would include scrutiny of the renovation works on the block which some experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to the catastrophic blaze.

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