Death toll from London inferno rises to 58

Pauline Gross
June 18, 2017

Protesters march from Kensington Town Hall, back to Grenfell Tower on June 16, 2017, as they demand justice for those affected by the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 14.

Confirming the latest death toll, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said the tower remained "in a very hazardous state" but there was "nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately".

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified.

Authorities say that 58 people are known to have died in Wednesday morning's blaze but that figure is likely to rise.

High-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, the London mayor has said. Britain's Press Association says around 70 people are missing.

Dozens of people attending an angry protest for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy stormed the town hall in London's richest borough on Friday, accusing the authorities of ignoring their plight.

British authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the London apartment building fire - as the death toll from the blaze has almost doubled, to 30.

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"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.

Dozens of people are still believed to be inside Grenfell Tower, according to police. Earlier in the day, the 91-year-old monarch described the country's mood as "somber" but insisted that Britain remained resolute during a hard time.

"They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives", the prime minister said in a statement Friday.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II observed a minute of silence, along with her husband, Prince Philip, before the annual parade marking her official birthday. People have lost their lives and others have lost everything.

Mrs May had earlier sidestepped questions over her response to the disaster, after facing criticism of her reaction to the tragedy. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the tower meant that it was at risk of a "catastrophic" event. What emerges in the coming weeks and months will be very hard for many people, including politicians and organisations, but we must get to the truth.

He added: "I have said it before, you have my absolute assurance that as soon as I can possibly tell you something that I know to be accurate, I will tell you".

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