London fire toll hits 30, but dozens missing

Posted June 19, 2017

At least 58 people were likely killed in a fire which engulfed a London tower block earlier this week, police said on Saturday.

May is chairing a government task force on the fire and a spokesman says that she will meet afterward with "a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders" at No. 10 Downing Street. On Thursday, May was pictured speaking to emergency workers, but was kept away from the public.

But Khan said that there were critical concerns about a number of other tower blocks in the British capital that were refurbished in a similar fashion.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators gathered near the Royal Bourough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and demanded release of full information about the number of the people that lived in the Grenfell Tower, as well as full transparency of the investigation and immediate allocation of financial aid to the victims.

Reaction among Conservatives has ranged from criticism by former lawmakers to defensiveness by those serving in May's Cabinet, adding to questions of whether May can survive politically.

While 30 people have been confirmed dead, there are fears the death toll could hit hundreds.

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Mr Corbyn told her: 'Your public re-commitment to this is imperative as part of an unequivocal, wider statement that the government will do all it can to provide timely practical support to those who have suffered so much'.

Whole families are said to be among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab. "We're all trying to do the best we can".

Britain will act on any recommendations from a probe into a fire that ripped through an apartment block and killed at least 58 people, ministers said, responding to a tragedy their critics said showed something had gone "badly wrong" in the country.

Often with modern residential towers, stairwells are kept smoke free either through positive air pressure or via separation by fire doors, Payne said.

Like many other residents she has spent the days following the fire living in temporary shelters with minimal sleep, printing and distributing posters wherever she can. "These were hard conversations with a tight-knit community that is understandably distraught, frustrated and increasingly angry".

May met victims privately at a central London hospital on Friday and had expressed her sorrow on television on Thursday after meeting emergency services personnel.

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U.K. papers reflected the mood in the U.K. The Sun ran a headline on its cover "Now the Anger", while the Mirror had a single word: "Criminal". "We kept raising them with the tenant management organization and we kept being told that there was no problem".

The Sunday Post claims to expose "the scandal of Scotland's class divide in fire safety laws".

The letter, shared online, was handed to Theresa May after she faced heavy criticism for her spluttering response to the fire.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago that fire safety issues at the tower left it at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

The average aerial equipment on fire trucks reaches perhaps 100 to 150 feet, which is about 15 stories if a fire truck ladder can be parked directly next to a building, he said. "We have to be led by the expert opinion on this".

The inquiry should not leave local people with any sense that they've been "short-changed, or that there has been a cover-up or whitewash", he said, adding that those who need legal representation should get adequate funding for it. "There can be no shortcuts to this". Clement's Church near Grenfell Tower.

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