London fire: Police say 58 people assumed dead in tower block

20 June, 2017, 11:25 | Author: Valerie Burke

"Thankfully, due to all the work we have been doing over the last few days, we have located five people who we feared dead and are in fact safe and well". Because of the intensity of the blaze some may never be identified.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims.

"Our focus has been on those we know were in there [.] However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there".

The rescue dogs along with London Fire Brigade's canine units were sent into the building on Friday along with the MET's urban search and rescue dogs.

Meanwhile, Police Commander Stuart Cundy said it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the building.

"He brought out of his bag this tin, I haven't counted it yet, but it is actually quite a lot of money in it and I said have you been collecting and he said 'no, it is my pocket money",' he said.

"It is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of the building", he continued, his voice breaking.

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

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

The MP called on the government to find and preserve all emails, meeting documents, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports in order to withhold justice for the victims.

"I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors".

Prime Minister Theresa May in particular has been criticised for failing to meet victims during a visit to the site of the incident.

Mrs May was not supporting a proposal put forward by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to seize unoccupied properties to rehouse survivors of the fire, the spokeswoman said. "It is our fault, '" Emily Maitlis said to May in an interview.

Sadiq Khan has joined a congregation at a church service near Grenfell Tower. The fire has led to national soul-searching about inequalities and neglect of the poor.

"We have been working very hard behind the scenes since the tragedy in London", she said.

"Whilst it will look at the how, perhaps more importantly, it will also look at why this happened", Cundy said.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

But that figure could change, he said.


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