Death toll from London tower fire reaches 79: United Kingdom police

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

"It is incredibly emotional working in there, but we will do it with our utmost professionalism, and we will do everything we can as quickly as we can to locate and recover everybody who is in there", Cundy said.

Cundy said earlier on Monday that due to conditions in the tower, which "verge on indescribable", it could takes weeks to locate bodies and there was a likelihood some of those lost would never be properly identified.

"We will go where the evidence may take us", and do everything possible "to ensure that those responsible will be brought to justice", he said.

"If I identify.an issue that is a risk to public safety, we will be sharing that immediately with the relevant authorities", he said.

One firefighter, in his black protective suit with FIRE emblazoned in yellow on the back, embraced a distraught woman who had photos of a missing person printed on her top.

Cundy warned that the toll of 79 people could change.

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know are missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night", he said.

May and her ministers have said they will do all they can to help those left homeless after the blaze and make sure other high-rise buildings, usually home to poorer people, are checked and safe.

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One of the burned-out apartments inside London's Grenfell Tower.

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 elevators in Grenfell Tower in north Kensington are seen in a handout picture released by the Metropolitan Police in London, Britain on June 18, 2017.

"Until we do that, we can not look at anything other than staying with the same advice".

The latest figures from NHS England show that 17 patients are still being treated in four London hospitals.

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

Photo released by Metropolitan Police in London shows what's left of an apartment inside of Grenfell Tower in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2017.

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