UK police: 58 confirmed or presumed dead after London blaze

20 June, 2017, 12:10 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

He said five of the dead had been formally identified, and it would be a slow and painstaking task to identify the others because of the intensity of the fire. Cundy told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

At an improvised memorial wall covered in messages of grief and solidarity close to Grenfell Tower, firefighters and members of the local community stood together, some crying, as they observed the minute's silence. Help will also be given to people who do not have bank accounts.

A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade's logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words "We tried, we're sorry" scrawled on it. He said that the search and recovery operation in the 24-story Grenfell Tower continues, and it has been incredibly distressing for families.

While most survivors were content with the hotel accommodation they had received, at least two single men had been housed in "really awful B&Bs", Judith Blakeman said. Meacham, the MA professor, addressed the gathering and said he did not sense much interest in fire safety within the green building industry then - or since.

The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who served as housing minister until he lost his seat in last week's snap general election.

She admitted the support for residents on the ground in the wake of the disaster was "not good enough".

Afterwards, she said she had "heard their concerns" and ordered immediate action to help them.

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

But Hammond said it was up to the public inquiry to determine whether the retrofitting of sprinklers to buildings was necessary to improve fire safety.

A TfL spokesperson said the agency suspended Tube service between the stops at 11:20am local time at the request of the London Fire Brigade, Daily Mail reported.

"It's only because we know the brother, he's a fireman, that he told us this - but he can't tell you lot that".

The U.S. bans this type of cladding with a flammable plastic inner layer on buildings over 12 metres or roughly four storeys.

A second protest began later at Britain's Home Office, which oversees fire prevention and policing nationally.

The BBC investigation said a dozen letters, sent by the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group in the aftermath of a 2009 fatal fire in Lakanal House, south London, warned the Government "could not afford to wait for another tragedy".

Wing On Company International Limited (00289.HK) said in a statement the installation of the external wall at Wing On Centre at 111 Connaught Road was carried out by a registered contractor in 1995 and approved by the Buildings Department.

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 previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

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