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Grenfell Tower relief effort has been effective, insists council leader

Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 03:13

The move follows widespread criticism of the local Kensington and Chelsea Council?s performance as residents of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in fire early on Wednesday, condemned the relief efforts and lack of information. A number of people remain missing with the death toll expected to rise.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the Wednesday morning blaze that has killed at least 58 people.

Grenfell Tower, which built in 1974, was recently refurbished at a cost of £8.6 million, with work completed in May previous year.

Residents of the destroyed tower said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

"There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing", he said.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People protest demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

"But being with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade when I was in there, colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and other police officers, I think it's fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there".

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said.

"People are wondering why it seemed to burn very quickly".

Mrs May was greeted with cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she returned to the site of the devastating fire in west London on Friday.

Floors directly above and below the reported fire are usually evacuated, but others are to stay and use damp towels to block cracks beneath the door unless told otherwise, and call 911 if they have questions.


They feel they have been ignored because they are poor, he said.

Several such high-rise evacuations over the years have resulted in needless deaths.

The names of those who died are beginning to emerge.

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond today indicated that flammable material suspected to have been used was most likely banned in the UK.

The Metropolitan Police has launched "wide ranging" investigation, looking at the construction of the building, the recent refurbishment, how it was managed and maintained, and fire safety measures.

Ms May, who has since ordered more boots on the ground at the scene, is said to have "welled up" after hearing harrowing accounts from people caught up in the fire.

Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.

The deadly fire in the social housing block has led to growing public anger.

Thousands of USA buildings also have cladding to increase energy efficiency, but that doesn't mean that a Grenfell-like fire is likely to happen, according to Robert Solomon, who heads the building fire protection division at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A new sign was put up, removing that detail.

Some Grenfell Tower fire survivors have been given just £10 a day to live on by the council, Kensington's MP said.

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