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58 missing, presumed dead in London high-rise fire

Acilia Dean | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:35

"Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead", Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, adding that the figure could change. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed. "As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones".

Local anger began building Wednesday as the 24-story residential Grenfell Tower block caught fire and was consumed by flames in a matter of minutes.

Theresa May has said there will be a full public inquiry into the fire.

"We are grateful to the Prime Minister for listening to us and for the assurances she has given us but now we need to see real action and immediate results with centralised coordination of the relief effort with residents closely involved".

Following a meeting of the Grenfell Tower task-force on Saturday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that a "London-wide local authority recovery operation" was established Friday in response to the devastating fire.

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Queen Elizabeth II said the disaster had cast a sombre pall over Britain, but insisted the country was showing resolve in the face of adversity.

Mr Khan said the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".


Adding: "When we were looking at this when I was DPP in relation to other fires, we were looking at manslaughter charges". Britain's Press Association has reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire, based on a compilation of verified reports. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building.

She also met a group of victims at her office in Downing Street yesterday.

The group said her plea to Mrs May that survivors of the atrocity have the final say on what happens with the site in the future was agreed at the meeting.

Pictures and footage showing the inside of the tower will be released on Sunday to help people understand why the search was taking so long, he said.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday. But in an interview about the fire, May ducked the questions.

"We are in the richest borough in the United Kingdom and in this very borough we have a building where some of the poorest live and the safety measures are totally inadequate", said Mustafa Al Mansur, one of the organisers of the demonstration. "We've always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work - people don't die in sprinkler buildings", he said. "We'll get to the bottom of this", she said. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

"It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down", he said. Other diagrams in the Reynobond brochure show that panels with a fire retardant core - the FR model, according to Arconic's website - can be used for buildings of up to 30 metres tall. "What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them", she added.

"The Brigade advised that a section of track be temporarily closed due to the short term risk of some debris from the tower falling onto the track", a London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.

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