Grenfell Tower fire: Number of people missing feared dead rises above 58

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been confronted by angry crowds after meeting victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Government staff have been drafted to manage the response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.

Weakened by a botched election gamble last week, May has been criticised for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you".

Earlier, emergency services spent a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out tower in North Kensington.

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of central London to demand more help for those affected by the tower block fire tragedy.

The anger over the treatment of residents from the Grenfell Tower fire spilled on to the door step of Downing Street.

The death toll has steadily climbed from 6 to 30.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

But the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, responding to the anger visible during the demonstrations on Friday outside Kensington town hall, said people needed answers much sooner.

The death toll in the horrific fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in west London rose to 30 on Friday amid fears that it could climb to over 100 in one of the worst fire tragedies in the country.

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Cundy said an investigation will "seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice".

"Absolutely she has the same degree of sympathy and horror at these events that we all have", he added.

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

Mrs May later said that all survivors would be rehoused within three weeks as close as possible to the tower.

"I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday 19 June".

In an interview with the BBC late Friday, May insisted she was "deeply affected" by the "horrifying" stories of survivors, and repeated that she was determined to help. They also made a grim admission: A full accounting might be impossible because some victims may never be identified.

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

One photo shows a burnt-out elevator on an undisclosed floor of the public housing project that was ravaged in Wednesday's inferno, while another shows an apartment that was reduced to rubble and white ash.

Mr Hammond also addressed the issue of the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, saying that retro-fitting tower blocks with sprinklers is not always the best way to protect them from fires. "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood".

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom".

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