Cladding used in Grenfell Tower banned in United Kingdom, says govt

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration and anger among residents and neighbours who demand answers for how the blaze spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's roughly 600 residents.

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior panelling on the tower in a renovation that was completed just past year.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll.

According to police, 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the fire, though they say this number could change.

Police and fire crews have asked local residents for patience after they were accused of deliberately playing down the death toll.

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

The interior of the 24-storey tower block was gutted beyond recognition, with police commander Stuart Cundy referring to the conditions as "indescribable".

In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government's response to the disaster was "not good enough" as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.

She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be "distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials".

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

"It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones".

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The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color ceremony that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

He told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "I feel like everybody else traumatised by the enormity of the tragedy that overtook North Kensington in the early hours of Wednesday morning".

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday.

Survivors of the building claim that cheap materials for the cladding and a lack of maintenance on the building were to blame for the fatal fire.

"The key question now is whether the overall design of the building's complete exterior was properly tested and subsequently signed off by the relevant authorities including the fire officer, building compliance officer and architect before commencement of the project".

Being relieved of responsibility is hugely embarrassing for a council that is the wealthiest in the country and sits on a £270 million reserve.

"There's a need for the public to hear you say in words of one syllable: 'Something bad has happened; something has gone badly wrong".

Two Underground lines near the fire area were partially shut down on Saturday to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.

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