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London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

19 June 2017, 02:32 | Rufus Hill

Simon Cowell is organising a charity single in aid of those affected by the London fire

Simon Cowell is organising a charity single in aid of those affected by the London fire

At the scene on Friday, Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of fatalities would rise further during a detailed search of the wreckage of the tower.

The police stressed in a statement that "there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately". He skated over the part played by the public sector in the tragedy, in which the tower took flame and burnt like an Australian forest fire in the dry season.

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said.

On Saturday, police confirmed 58 people were missing, presumed dead, following the blaze after police revealed some of the victims "may never be identified".

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll.

Cundy said there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

Speaking on Friday evening, Mrs May said: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide".

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited an aid distribution site and were meeting with volunteers.

The former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman said it was "not OK" for the prime minister to go to the area but not meet residents, and called on her to invite them to talk to her in Downing Street, as victims of the 2009 Lakanal House fire were.

He told the Press Association: 'I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the Prime Minister so that she could hear them.

Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area".

The identities of some of the victims, including children, have emerged in local media.

"The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire".

Afzal said prosecutors and police would consider the criminal culpability of those responsible for the management and maintenance of the block of flats, and those responsible for the building materials, such as the exterior cladding and for the building work. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds. Emergency services were spending a third day searching for bodies in the tower in North Kensington, BBC reported.

Mr Ellwood's claim led to raised eyebrows with many wondering that if security had been the issue, how it was that the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge had managed to speak to residents during their visit yesterday to the West Way Sports Centre near the site.

Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations.

"The key question now is whether the overall design of the building's complete exterior was properly tested and subsequently signed off by the relevant authorities including the fire officer, building compliance officer and architect before commencement of the project".



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