Friday, 14 December, 2018

Death toll from London inferno rises to 58

Freda Brock | 19 June, 2017, 14:13

Mrs May was hustled away under heavy police guard from a meeting with residents on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a recen.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed past year.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police warned that the death toll could rise further as authorities continue to search the wreckage. "The bodies of 16 people have been recovered from the building and taken to a mortuary", he added, while the figure of 58 may rise.

Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the officer in charge of the investigation has said.

"I thought they took him outside with me".

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

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out.

No. 10 officials said support workers would ensure people could access the cash - including those who may not have a bank account. May said the government would spend £5 million for clothes, food and emergency supplies to the victims.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire.

Hammond told a weekly BBC politics show that a criminal investigation will examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was renovated.

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Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very sombre mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

In an interview, she was questioned over whether there was a need for the United Kingdom government to accept some responsibility for what had happened.

Homeless Grenfell Tower victims will receive at least £5500 ($9670) in a Government payout, the Sun reports.

"We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy". The building was gutted by a fast-moving fire early Wednesday, claiming at least 58 lives.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower previous year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

The emotional tributes could be seen nestled in amongst the growing number of flowers, candles and messages placed near Latymer Community Church on Sunday.

The leader of the council facing intense criticism over its handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster has insisted there is an "effective" relief effort on the ground.

Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks.

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