79 people feared dead in London high-rise fire

20 June, 2017, 13:52 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The government has said it is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across the country to assess their safety.

Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.

Two government ministers - Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Greg Hands - said Sunday the cladding used on the building's exterior seems to be banned by British regulations. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just previous year.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed past year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules. One opposition lawmaker urged the Conservative government and police to immediately seize all documents related to the tower renovation.

An older photo from the Grenfell Tower fire site shows firemen examining the gutted building.

Emergency service workers bowed their heads in respect to the victims of the catastrophic blaze.

Meanwhile, embattled May found herself in more trouble on Sunday, after her administration walked back a promise to house the survivors of the fire in the same neighborhood.

"We are supporting the families and the loved ones of each of those 79", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Candy said in a statement.

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze. We are angry about the inadequacy of the response and the longstanding neglect of our buildings by the council and building management. They feel they have been ignored because they are poor, he said.

Minute's silence for Grenfell Tower victims is held in Dundee.The tribute is held for Grenfell Tower victims. On Friday, anger boiled over as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.

Police assume that dozens of residents who went missing after Wednesday's fire are dead.

Miguel Alves complained "many times" about construction tools blocking the exits.

The residents group said while it welcomed the funding it had not been consulted before the announcement was made.

Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the officer in charge of the investigation has said. "Unfortunately they were not listened".

A spokeswoman for the British prime minister Theresa May said the terms of reference for a public inquiry into the fire were being drafted, as Mrs May knew people wanted answers quickly on the disaster.

She also claimed that the rescue centres maintained no formal records of those that had attended, and even said one hospital told her they were unable to say whether Mr Alhajali was there for confidentiality reasons. Counselors are already working with 52 families.

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