London fire: Banned building materials suspected in Grenfell Tower

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Posters of people missing are stuck to a lamp post near Grenfell Tower in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a r.

Mother Farah Hamdan and her husband Omar Belkadi lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower with their daughters Malek, seven, Tazmin, six, and Leena, just six months old.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed a year ago.

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

This included the 30 already confirmed dead, according to Commander Stuart Cundy.

The images released by police were taken by a recovery team inside flats where everyone inside has been accounted for.

A representative of the families who met with May and spoke to reporters briefly after leaving 10th Downing Street said "we will be making this in the community, with the community". They said they would provide an updated figure on Monday.

Metropolitan Police Stuard Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks".

CTMO, the Kensington and Chelsea Management Organization, has managed the building on behalf of local public authorities who own it.

"We've always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work - people don't die in sprinkler buildings", he said.

But, residents living in tower blocks in Silksworth, say they still feel very safe in their homes.

"We were hoping and praying it was a building site, a new-build that was going up, because we couldn't believe what we were seeing and we were miles and miles away", he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has also come in for criticism over her response to the disaster.

"What I'm now absolutely focussed on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.

The response to the fire from the government and local council was "mired in confusion and hesitancy", he added - London should have acted more quickly, and Kensington and Chelsea Council should have sought help immediately. The victims' friends and families have told of frantic social media messages and phone calls saying goodbye as the fire got closer and closer.

"When an existing building is undergoing a renovation, upgraded fire safety measures may be required depending on the type of insulation and cladding proposed as part of the renovation", he said. Police said 19 injured in the fire remain hospitalized, including 10 who were in critical condition.

Police said they were using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to identify victims, along with features such as tattoos, scars, jewelry, or distinctive clothing.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

The Government has also announced that a minute's silence will be held for the victims at 11am tomorrow.

She was jeered on a visit to the North Kensington estate on Friday, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

Find out how to donate and help the victims of the tragedy. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres. "On Saturday, I went in myself and went to the top floor".

He said the temperature of the blaze at Grenfell Tower was comparable to a cremation.

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