London fire: UK Prime Minister Theresa May rushed away from protesters

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help displaced families.

The Grenfell Tower, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", he said.

"Sadly I can confirm that the number of people that have died is now 17", London police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

Police have said the recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed.

Cundy promised an exhausting investigation into the tragedy. "My heart goes out to those affected", Cundy said.

But a report by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Director of Housing just 11 months ago said the tower's safety credentials were exemplary.

A hero firefighter who risked his life battling his way up Grenfell Tower as the inferno raged has said the screams will haunt him forever.

While the disaster has prompted an outpouring of generosity, there was also anger at politicians as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

It said officials planned to: "Extend fire safety approach adopted at Grenfell Tower to all major works projects".

In a statement issued earlier this week, Harley Facades Ltd said it was not aware at this time of any link between the Grenfell Tower fire and the exterior cladding fitted to it. In the early hours of Wednesday, the building turned into a flaming torch in minutes.

May failed to win an outright majority in the June snap election and is now battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire.

Some people then left the building though others remained inside.

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 Hammersmith and City line, which runs along the same track and stops in that part of west London, was also partially suspended. Hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens are missing. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen's birthday.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", she added.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

On Friday, Nadir had tackled Mrs Leadsom over why sprinklers had not been fitted in Grenfell Tower during a recent £8.6m refurbishment.

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

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.

"The state of the tower is why the fire spread so quickly but I'm also angry at the reaction and how the situation was handled and what Theresa May has not done".

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very sombre mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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