58 people in London apartment are missing and presumed dead in fire

Pauline Gross
June 18, 2017

Railway tracks run in front of the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, following the June 14 fire at the residential building.

Emergency services are continuing to search for bodies in the now burnt-out building.

The number is based on reports from the public and may rise, officials said. Residents and victims have expressed outrage at May during her site visit.

In a television interview on Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

Many residents are still missing and the death toll was expected to grow higher, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

But the meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that the prime minister has been slow to reach out to fire survivors.

Protesters march up during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, Britain, on June 16, 2017.

Public anger was mounting as residents and neighbors demanded answers for how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling in a renovation of Grenfell Tower that ended in May 2016.

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London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

London's fire department says that the reason for the subway closure near the high-rise fire disaster is because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks". "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", she said.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa met the families of the victims on Saturday and assured them a total compensation of $6.4 million for emergency costs and for finding homes in nearby locations within three weeks, according to Bloomberg.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.

A top former Conservative politician and Times of London columnist blasted May over her handling of the fire, and said that she must resign.

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?"

Many survivors are sleeping on the floor in community centers and there's still no coordinated distribution of donated food and clothing. Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire. "I absolutely get why they're angry".

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