London fire: 58 presumed dead, say police

London fire: 58 presumed dead, say police

London fire: 58 presumed dead, say police

Posters of people missing are stuck to a lamp post near Grenfell Tower in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

A total of 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters on Saturday.

The inferno broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, quickly escalating from the lower levels right up to the top of the building on the twenty-fourth floor.

Demonstrators hold up banners during a march in North Kensington on Friday, the same day The Guardian reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling than what was available during a renovation that ended in May 2016.

Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry.

The recovery operation at the burnt-out block of flats has resumed and could take weeks, Cundy explained and May said she expected to announce the name of the judge for a public inquiry within the next few days.

But they have previously said that the borough insists it is doing everything in its power to immediately re-house victims "as locally as [they] can".

Many in the United Kingdom are upset with Prime Minister Theresa May for her response - or lack thereof - to the Grenfell Tower fire.

"He didn't come with a bunch of one even saw her".

At Downing Street on Saturday, Theresa May met with 16 victims and volunteers from the local community - and those present said their harrowing accounts moved the Prime Minister to well up.

When May went out to meet with them at St.

Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was "a national disaster that requires a national response". "This was a bad tragedy that took place". The long-term consequences need to be addressed now, they said.

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Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Tottenham MP David Lammy said claims the survivors of Grenfell Tower had been given so little was "outrageous".

Fire safety experts believe that cladding used on the building's exterior may have fuelled the blaze.

Building officials have not commented since the fire.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

When asked why they couldn't get access to it, she said: "Because no one's telling us where it is".

Two nearby Underground lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.

People demanded answers as authorities were accused of ignoring residents concerns over fire safety.

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