UK police: 58 confirmed or presumed dead after London blaze

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

Cundy added that the figure could change.

And Miss Warrington said people even ignored instructions to stop snapping during the vigil for those who perished in the tower.

According to a report in the Telegraph, missing two-year-old boy Jeremiah Dean and his mother Francis were told to stay where they were on the 14th floor by firefighters.

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". "In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies", she said.

She told ITV's Peston On Sunday: "There is money pouring in from all these wonderful volunteers, we can't get access to the money and we cannot get it to the families". "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

The update from police came as Prime Minster Theresa May met for more than two hours with survivors of the blaze at her office at 10 Downing Street.

Earlier, hundreds gathered at the town hall, where scores forced their way into the building, to deliver a list of demands, including the immediate rehousing of all victims within the borough. "People deserve answers; the inquiry will give them".

In parliament, the government's fire and housing ministers said other tower blocks, which were also recently refurbished, would be assessed.

Mrs May said: "As we continue to respond to the needs of the community, our focus is on ensuring that all of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy get the right support as quickly as possible".

"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.

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.

Scuffles broke out near the building, with demonstrators chanting "we want justice!" as they surged toward the doors.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II struck a mournful tone in an address to mark her official birthday Saturday, remarking not only on the blaze at the high-rise building but also on the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

"This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", the Queen said. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss", she said.

Opponents said May's handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the Wednesday morning blaze that has killed at least 58 people.

Britain is now likely to go into arduous talks on Monday about its exit from the European Union with a weakened leader who is dependent on a small Northern Irish party.

May was criticised for avoiding locals when she visited the burnt-out shell of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on Thursday, but faced cries of "shame on you" and "coward" when she returned the following day.

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times.

"This prime minister is not viable".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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