London fire victims may never be identified

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

London police said Monday that 79 people were now believed to have died in the high-rise apartment building fire.

May, already under pressure after a botched snap election, is facing widespread criticism for her response to the blaze. She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.

Construction firm Rydon, which carried out the refurbishment, said the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

Ms Cachia, who is based at Shoreditch fire station, chose to enter the flats with her partner and ended up helping people up on the 10th floor.

"We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire".

It followed a separate, smaller protest at Kensington Town Hall, where residents tried to air their grievances to councillors.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns, reporters said.

Following the meeting, May issued in a statement in which she acknowledged that "support on the ground for families that needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for houses in the area to be "requisitioned" for the survivors.

So as questions mount, what needs to be done to ensure tragedies like Grenfell Tower don't occur again and who is really to blame?

Located in the wealthy Kensington neighbourhood, the 24-storey public housing building and its 600 residents stood in stark contrast to the world around them.

The Queen speaks to firefighters who tackled the deadly blaze.

Mrs May had received criticism after visiting the scene of the blaze on Thursday, but failing to meet any of the survivors.

Professor Geoff Gibson at Newcastle University, who has advised the US Navy and the oil and gas industry on the use of fire-resistant materials, said those buildings must now be made safe. "On Saturday, I went in myself and went to the top floor". More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund.

But even those within her own party said May should have faced the locals herself earlier.

"She should have been there with the residents".

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

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until past year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing".

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited with people affected by the fire Friday at a makeshift gathering place to counsel friends and relatives.

"That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen", William said of the tower's blackened shell.

While he refused to speculate on the inquiry's outcome, Cundy said, "I would like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offenses that may have been committed by any individual or organization".

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said that number "may increase" and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks. The toll is expected to rise.

Only five victims have been formally identified - and Cundy said that because of the fire's intensity and the devastation it caused, authorities may not be able to identify everybody who died.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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