London mayor admits public anger over deadly fire

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

Adding: "When we were looking at this when I was DPP in relation to other fires, we were looking at manslaughter charges".

Grenfell Tower burned down on Wednesday, June 14. Clement's Church near Grenfell Tower.

The Guardian newspaper reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling in the renovation that ended in May 2016.

"The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete", Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

Opponents said May's handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively. "I absolutely get why they're angry", Green said. The venue had been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire which engulfed the apartment tower in a matter of minutes. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the tower.

It said: "We are devastated by this tragedy".

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".

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

He said: "We investigate criminal matters".

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

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The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

Anger was directed in part towards May, who failed to meet with survivors when she visited the charred remains of the block of Wednesday, and at the local government for failing to guarantee the safety of the building.

Facing fierce criticism over its response to London high-rise inferno, the British government has sent its staff to assist local council authorities in rehabilitation of victims of the deadly blaze that claimed at least 58 lives and rendered hundreds homeless.

Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall became another flashpoint on Friday with protesters storming the building, accusing authorities of ignoring them and of forcing low-income families to live in sub-standard housing.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

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

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?" Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

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