After London fire, Theresa May's government says will act to protect Britons

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Friday's rally demanding justice for the victims symbolised the outrage felt across the entire country and a determination that more lives should not be lost as a result of callous indifference.

The terms of reference for a public inquiry into a fire at a London tower block that killed 79 people are being drafted and Prime Minister Theresa May knows people want answers quickly on the disaster, her spokesman said yesterday.

Tributes are left by Latymer Community Church, near to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building last week.

May has announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire and said on Sunday every household affected by the blaze would receive a minimum payment of 5,500 pounds ($7,000) from a 5-million-pound emergency fund.

5 people who were missing have turned up safe.

"We must also prepare people for the bad reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

There were angry scenes at the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, which was responsible for managing the 1970s social housing block in a working-class enclave of one of Britain's richest areas.

The woman said an expected call on Monday afternoon from an official about temporary accommodation had not come. "For three weeks I have to come here with the children and wash ourselves?"

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"I went to help and we were helpless", he told The Observer.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hammond said: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here". Referring to the Grenfell tower and its sinister burned facade, the paper estimated that this "fall in the sky will forever be Theresa May's monument".

"Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures".

Nadia Choucair and her husband Bassem live on the 22nd floor with their three daughters Mierna, 13, Fatima, 11, and Zeinab, three years old.

Mr Kempthorne said: "We were making as much noise as we could outside to wake people up, but we woke them up to die".

The fire at Lakanal House led to a report from the coroner and also from the British Houses of Parliament which was delivered to the government in 2013.

The tower was built in 1974 and contained 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people.

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