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Protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire

Protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire Protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire
Kenny Thornton | 17 June, 2017, 03:24

Police said on Friday that 30 people were confirmed to have died.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

The PM said people "deserve answers" as to why the fire spread so rapidly and that the inquiry "will give them".

Prime Minister Theresa May, already under pressure following the poor Tory showing in the general election, has been tongue-lashed by the public over her response to Grenfell.

He also said that there was no evidence that the fire was started deliberately. As of Thursday afternoon, 24 remain hospitalized, with 12 in critical condition, he said.

Anger is growing from members of the local and national community as to why the fire spread so quickly, with many calling into question whether fire and safety regulations were adhered to in the construction and recent refurbishment of the tower.

On Thursday, Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the United Kingdom in 2014, was announced as the first victim of the fire.

The royal visitors were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, with the shell of the tower block visible in the distance behind them.

This has led to questions over whether a major refurbishment of the building previous year could have encouraged the fire to spread.

Meanwhile, experts have said sprinklers could have been fitted in the tower for £200,000, but Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a "collective view" among residents in favour of installing them.

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He said they traveled to Washington and met with Ambassador Yun who more aggressively pursued Otto's release. Doctors said on Thursday that there was no sign of botulism in Otto Warmbier's system.

The Duke of Cambridge vowed to return to the Grenfell Tower community as he joined the Queen at a rest centre helping those affected by the devastating fire.

He says while "current systems in place may work well for a terrorist attack, there are legitimate questions about whether they are still appropriate in situations where obtaining this information could take much longer".

Two days after the fire broke out early Wednesday in the local authority-owned apartment block, firefighters were yet to access some of the floors due to worries about the stability of the structure.

Asked if she had misread the public anger, she replied: "What I have done since this incident took place is, first of all, yesterday ensure that the public services had the support they need in order to be able to do the job they were doing in the immediate aftermath". Within a couple of hours of the outbreak, an apparently prescient blog post published past year by the Grenfell Action Group regarding safety and living conditions was circulating on the Internet.

Downing Street announced a £5 million fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing for victims amid fears the death toll will rise, with more than 70 people in total still believed to be unaccounted for.

- Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London posted pictures of their loved ones Friday in the desperate hope of news, as grief following the tragedy has turned to outrage at authorities accused of being lax in meeting building standards.

"In 2009, the last block was on fire".

"In light of these circumstances, we still have people in that building, we have children in that building".

Jim Fitzpatrick, an MP with the main opposition Labour Party, slammed the Conservative-led government for shuffling its feet on the review.


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