London tower block inferno: What we know

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

She declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting where an angry crowd had gathered and police broke up a scuffle among the group as Mrs May's auto drove off.

There were also angry scenes outside the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, which was responsible for managing the 1970s social housing block, in a working-class enclave in one of London's richest areas.

Questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in the tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or a central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.

Hundreds outside Downing St to protest against Theresa May.

Under mounting pressure after a botched election and facing criticism for not meeting victims of a London tower block blaze sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured in hospital on Friday as the death toll rose to 30.

May on Friday announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund following meeting with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

In an interview with the BBC late Friday, May insisted she was "deeply affected" by the "horrifying" stories of survivors, and repeated that she was determined to help. Javid said the findings would be passed to local authorities and ministers to aid with emergency inspections of 4,000 tower blocks across the United Kingdom, many of which are covered in cladding similar to that on Grenfell Tower.

Earlier, Queen Elizabeth II visited a relief center for victims, and spoke to residents and members of the emergency services. Clutching a missing poster for two children, Firdaws and Yahya, Rami Mohamed said he was a friend of their family.

The Queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need". They had lived on the 22nd floor of the tower.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London are searching frantically for their loved ones, as the police commander in charge of the investigation says he hopes the death toll will not rise to three figures.

Among the demands of some protesters was the rehousing within the borough of all those who lost their homes and more information on the victims. "Just tell them!" said local resident Karen Brown, 36.

Twenty-four people were being treated in hospital, including 12 in critical care, he added.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23, was also killed in the fire.

Amongst the dead was artist Khadija Saye, whose photography is now being exhibited at the Vienna Biennale.

Some later left the red-brick building near Kensington High Street, a luxury shopping district, but around 30 remained inside in a tense standoff with about 30 police officers and a dozen security guards.

Large numbers of the estimated 4,000 older high-rise buildings in Britain have undergone renovations similar to those carried out at Grenfell Tower over the last 17 years following a drive under the government of Tony Blair to improve conditions in the 1960s and 1970s buildings by fitting energy-saving external cladding and modernising interiors.

R esidents claim their concerns over there being only one fire escape route had previously been "brushed away" by managers of the building.

Using the fire-resistant version would have cost a few dollars more per square metre, according to the newspaper.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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