London fire: Death toll rises to 58

London fire: Death toll rises to 58

London fire: Death toll rises to 58

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

The official death toll from the blaze now sits at 30, up from 17 overnight, as firefighters continue the extremely hard process of recovering bodies from within the tower.

Fire engulfed the social housing block, where as many as 600 people lived in more than 120 apartments.

Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the officer in charge of the investigation has said.

Authorities warned the death toll will continue to mount as they search the block, which housed hundreds of people, adding to pressure on May after last week's disastrous election.

Crowds - infiltrated by far-left militants - shouted "Murderers" and "Blood on your hands" as demos took place in Kensington and Whitehall - hours after the confirmed death toll rose to 30.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire.

In a statement to mark the official celebration of her 91st birthday, she said: "It is hard to escape a very soreer national mood" after a "succession of terrific tragedies". She said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

"If action needs to be taken, we will take it", she said.

The British Prime Minister met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at a church close to the scene of the horrific blaze, and earlier visited survivors in hospital.

Rita Ora volunteers to help victims of Grenfell Tower fire
British singer Lily Allen also tweeted that if people needed shelter that they should contact her. I'm literally on the other side of the world and I want them to see our lights and to hear us.

Residents had raised concerns about the fire safety of the building prior to the blaze.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited.

Carolyne Hill, 39, from Brixton, said she had come to the Kensington protest to "make a stand for my fellow Londoners". "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy".

Dr Tomlin said the residents had gone from living normal lives before the tragedy to bringing their frustrations to the very top of Government.

Cundy said the police investigation would look into the building's 2016 refurbishment and promised to prosecute "if there is evidence".

"The country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

In a television interview, the Prime Minister said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected. The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rented their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation.

Those who lost their homes would be rehoused within three weeks, she said.

The British government yesterday scrambled to contain the political fallout from the Grenfell Tower inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives as officials focused on building materials that may have caused the fire to spread quickly.

The victims were commemorated by the protestors; a moments silence was held for the victims, who they said had not been properly acknowledged.

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