Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

- Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.

May made the announcement while speaking to survivors of the fire that on Wednesday ripped through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in Kensington while most residents were sleeping, leaving dozens dead, of which 30 have been found and identified, and hundreds homeless.

Previously, the Metropolitan Police had confirmed 30 people had been killed in the inferno; the announcement Saturday almost doubles that number.

Clement's Church on Friday - one of several sites near the tower that offered clothes, food, and toiletries to victims and their loved ones - she was heckled with shouts of "Coward!".

"Yesterday afternoon following expert advice for the safety of our officers, from the Metropolitan Police the London fire brigade and the London Ambulance arrive, we had to pause that search and recovery".

Mr Cundy also promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed past year.

A senior United Kingdom government minister said Sunday that he believed the cladding is banned in Britain for buildings above a certain height.

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Cundy said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll. "We ask at this time that our family are left to grieve in private". "The figure will be higher but I do not wish to speculate on that number today".

"Our focus has been on those we know were in there, that we have been told were in Grenfell tower".

Cundy promised an "exhaustive investigation" into the tragedy and said "my heart goes out to those affected". "But we need to make sure that that actually happens".

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

After having spoken to many members of the congregation as well as others who came in after the service to see him, Khan paid tribute to the local community for its resilience but said a feeling of anger remains.

"And also that is an absolute priority for the investigation to establish who they may be".

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