Angry protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Earlier, dozens of people stormed the town hall building in the London's Kensington district where the tragedy was being discussed.

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.

He is hopeful the two-and-a-half hour meeting, attended by victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers, was the starting point for a process of "lasting change".

London police said Saturday that the death toll from the inferno at the Grenfell Tower in west London had risen to 58.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a judge-led full public inquiry into the incident.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached". She also admitted that she thought it would be very hard for Grenfell Tower residents to find long-term accommodation locally. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

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Accounts of people trapped inside as the blaze destroyed everything around them, shouting for help, throwing children to safety and trying to escape through windows using makeshift ropes from bed sheets tied together left the nation in shock.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter.

Cundy said police will investigate the tower's refurbishment project, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

"They're showing a community coming together to grieve, but also a community frustrated, and yes, angry", London Mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters after a church service for victims.

The blaze spread rapidly, and three days later, officials are still searching for the missing. "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.

This included the 30 already confirmed dead, according to Commander Stuart Cundy. Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified.

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