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58 people missing and presumed dead in London fire; number may increase

Acilia Dean | 19 Giugno, 2017, 03:48

'It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones.

Another photograph shows two elevators blackened by smoke - with Commander Stuart Cundy warning: "We must prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

Although fire services say it could be a while before they know the exact cause of the London blaze, the horrors of what happened have been felt across the country.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies", she said.

The inferno broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, quickly escalating from the lower levels right up to the top of the building on the twenty-fourth floor.

The deadly blaze has turned into a political crisis, testing the fragile government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party is calling for the government to take over empty homes for use by residents displaced by the London high-rise fire. Some have even referred to it as her Hurricane Katrina moment.


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.

Angry crowds also stormed a local government office Friday, shouting, "We want justice" and demanding that authorities provide an accounting of the victims, as well as support for the survivors.

The bodies of 16 people have been taken to a mortuary, 15 who died at the scene and one who died in hospital.

The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Standing in the entrance of the Westway Sports Centre, which has turned into a storage place for canned food items, Philip Lee-Morris, local authority liaison officer response from Ealing council, told BuzzFeed News: "Yesterday we came to the rest centre to try and do as much as we can to turn this effort into a truly humanitarian relief effort for the entire community, to recognise that this tragic event has impacted so many people and we need to ensure there is somewhere that people can come to get help". "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues. Mas has also instructed councils to complete urgent safety checks on similar tower blocks.

A short walk away, however, are apartments and houses that cost millions of pounds and are home to a wealthy elite that residents of the Grenfell Tower had seen as a world apart.

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