10 still in critical condition after London fire

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth A woman looks at posters close to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

The police stressed in a statement that "there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately".

Of the 58, he said 30 were confirmed dead. The toll had previously been put at 30.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London posted pictures of their loved ones Friday in the desperate hope of news, as grief following the tragedy has turned to outrage at authorities accused of being lax in meeting building standards.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

Mr Cundy said five people who had been reported as missing had now been found and were safe and well.

The UK government has already announced a full judge-led public inquiry in an attempt to learn lessons from the tragedy and implement any necessary fire measures in other residential towers blocks.

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

But a clergyman who was present at the No 10 meeting said Mrs May showed empathy as she talked for two and half hours to survivors.

"I saw the Prime Minister welling up", the Rev Mark O'Donoghue told Sky News.

First Secretary of State Damian Green, May's deputy, said the prime minister was "distraught" and shared "the same degree of sympathy and horror" as everyone else.

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Cundy. "We're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected".

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground".

Maitlis asked: "Do you accept you misread the public mood on this one, you misread the anger that people feel about this?" She said an inquest would avoid a "whitewash".

While the fire 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.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said Sunday the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal investigation.

Dozens of police officers held back booing crowds and broke up scuffles as her vehicle drove off from local church, where she had met survivors, residents and volunteers and promised new funds for those affected.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

"Somehow or other, it seems to be beyond the wit of the public services to deal with a crisis facing a relatively small number of people in a country of 65 million". "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

Such a direct message from the monarch is rare and indicated the extent of the turmoil in Britain.

Britain is now likely to go into arduous talks on Monday about its exit from the European Union with a weakened leader who is dependent on a small Northern Irish party.

On Friday, she was heckled on a visit to the North Kensington estate, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation.

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