Minute's silence to be held for Grenfell Tower victims

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

The others have been recovered from the scorched structure, according to Metropolitan Police Service Commander Stuart Cundy.

He said that number could change should further information come to light. "It might be that some of those are safe and well, but for whatever reason have not reached [out] to let us know. Just tell them!" said local resident Karen Brown, 36.

Sixteen bodies have been taken to a mortuary, and the first victim formally identified was named as Mohammad Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee. Alhajali and his brothers fled their home in Daraa, Syria, due to the ongoing civil war and moved to London in 2014.

"People are wondering why it seemed to burn very quickly". He gave love to everyone.

The U.K. government must shore up the resources for an immediate inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and assess the safety and future of similar structures across the country, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

He said: "The investigation is a police investigation".

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues.

"It is human nature for most of us - if we know there's a fire, start moving and get out", said Robert Solomon of the National Fire Protection Association, a USA -based organization that studies fire safety globally.

The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017. The London Fire Brigade dispatched more than 200 firefighters, at least 40 fire engines and about 20 ambulance crews in an effort to battle the inferno.

Another demonstration took place outside May's Downing Street office, while hundreds of mourners later gathered near the tower for a candlelight vigil.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society. Many residents were trapped, forcing some on higher floors to jump to their deaths rather than face the flames or throw their children to bystanders below.

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

After her visit, Mrs May said: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this bad time - and that is what I am determined to provide". May, who also visited survivors of the fire at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said in a statement that she was horrified by their plight - her most emotional statement on the fire to date. It may take longer than that.

He told BBC radio that the inquiry would have interim reports and "we want the response to be as fast as possible".

Mr Cundy added: "Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday's figure of 58". Residents who survived the tower blaze lost everything and have no idea where they are going to live or how they will get back on their feet.

"Mr Khan, who himself faced anger from residents on his visit to the site on Thursday, wrote: "[Residents] feel the Government and local council haven't done enough to help them in the aftermath of this horrific incident, or to provide answers to their increasingly urgent questions", he wrote.

On a wall near the tower where local residents have left tributes, one person scrawled: "Theresa May, stay away".

She also pledged 5 million pounds of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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