Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

Elias Hubbard
June 18, 2017

May made the announcement while speaking to survivors of the fire that on Wednesday ripped through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in Kensington while most residents were sleeping, leaving dozens dead, of which 30 have been found and identified, and hundreds homeless. A larger crowd of people remained outside.

"But we may well need help from our close neighbours". A cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, but a malfunctioning refrigerator located on the fourth floor is being eyed by investigators.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower past year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

Protesters march down Oxford Stret during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16, 2017 in London, England.

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. While members of her party have suggested security issues contributed to her lack of engagement with the public, residents seemed unwilling to accept the explanation.

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very sombre mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

In a message released on her official birthday, she said people have been "resolute in the face of adversity" following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

May also said efforts are being made to provide new housing in London for people displaced by the fire.

"There is still a number of people who are receiving treatment in hospital".

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William visited the disaster site after Communities secretary Sajid Javid's visit, who promised re-housing the victims, and a thorough inquiry into the incident after experts and residents had cautioned the tower was a fire hazard.

"People were telling them to stay in the building but they had hope because they listened".

Tower residents and many others in the area are still struggling to come to terms with what they have seen and lived through.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Facebook to attack Labour politicians for "political game playing", defending his record regarding the fire service as mayor of London between 2008-2016.

"We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters on Friday, adding that the blaze did not appear to have resulted from arson.

London police also said a criminal investigation has been launched.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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