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London fire toll hits 30, but dozens missing

Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 02:33

PM May accused of insensitive handling.

London Police have announced they are launching an investigation into the shocking and devastating Grenfell Tower disaster, hinting that criminal offences may have contributed to the apartment block blaze that has so far racked up an "official" death toll of 30, a number that is expected to rise.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Protesters close to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Cundy.

He said five of the dead had been formally identified, and it would be a slow and painstaking task to identify the others.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

In a statement issued after the visit, Mrs May said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

"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. The refurbishment included the fitting of cladding that was "commonly used", according to the contractor responsible for the works, but which may have contributed to the fire spreading so quickly.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William on yesterday visited an aid distribution site and met with volunteers.

On a day when thousands of people took to the streets to demand answers and justice over the deadly blaze, the Labour leader said ministers had a duty to stick to their guarantee, but officials attempting to find places for those displaced gave the impression of being overwhelmed.


It is unclear what action the government has taken in response to the coroners' calls for the fitting of sprinkler systems.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

Cundy said a full forensic and systematic search was being carried out, but people must prepare for the worst. Corbyn was told by residents that the "country needs you".

A hero nine-year-old boy saved his entire family from the Grenfell Tower blaze after waking up and smelling smoke, telling his parents: 'Mum, I think there's a fire'.

A second protest began later at Britain's Home Office, which oversees fire prevention and policing nationally.

Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police, also cautioned there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.

He said that authorities were continuing to investigate whether any crimes had been committed in the inferno.

"I've heard stories of heroism, from Christians, from Muslims and from others, looking after their brothers and sisters, their neighbours and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant community because of the fantastic community that is here in this part of London".

Cundy said five people who had been reported as missing had now been found and were safe and well. On Saturday, NHS England said 19 people were being treated in hospital, with 10 in critical condition.

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