London highrise fire: 58 missing, presumed dead, police say

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

The number of people believed to have died from a fire that set ablaze Grenfell Tower in west London last week has risen to 79 and could increase, United Kingdom police say.

Following his announcement, a minute's silence was held across Britain to remember the victims of the fire, which ripped through the 24-storey London tower last week.

"The bad 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.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of 58 is based on reports from the public and may rise.

They said: "We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views".

Cundy says the new number may change as investigation continues. "Where offences have been committed, I will do everything in my gift to make sure they are brought to justice", he said.

"If I issue that is a risk to public safety, we will be sharing that immediately with the relevant authorities", he said.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

The fire at the 24-story public housing project broke out early Wednesday.

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Hassanen's friends alerted local authorities who began searching the area with helicopters and K9 teams. She said the suspect was drunk - another witness also described the suspect as drunk - and "got mad".

Other emergency service workers stood with their hands behind their backs and their helmets on the ground.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

"This was a bad tragedy that took place".

A British lawmaker has warned of a possible cover-up over the recent London tower fire, calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to quickly gather all available documents about the incident before they are deliberately "destroyed".

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

The National Health Service said that 17 patients were still being treated in hospital, of whom nine remain in critical condition.

Residents and volunteers will attend a private session at No 10 on Saturday, it was reported, after intense criticism of May's approach in the aftermath of the blaze, which claimed at least 30 lives and injured dozens more.

Residents say they were ignored and want the government to take responsibility.

Her political future - already in doubt after her Conservative Party lost its governing majority in early elections - has been further questioned because of her response to the fire, and observers have even referred to it as her Hurricane Katrina moment.

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