58 missing, presumed dead in London high-rise fire

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More than 200 firefighters worked to contain the blaze on Wednesday, finally extinguishing pockets of flame 24 hours after the incident.

Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower, the AP reported.

At least 30 people died when fire broke out at the tower block in north Kensington shortly before 1am on Wednesday morning.

"From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't", Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said responding to speculation reported in The Telegraph and other media outlets that the number of dead could exceed 100.

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", May said in a BBC Newsnight interview, according to Reuters.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the tower meant that it was at risk of a "catastrophic" event. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately. "The bodies have been taken to a morgue, but more bodies remain in the building".

Under mounting pressure after a botched election and facing criticism for not meeting victims of a London tower block blaze sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured in hospital on June 16 as the death toll rose to 30.

"We're all desperately sad, we're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected, " Green said. Mansur said people were not satisfied with the answers they were being given. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited with people affected by the fire Friday at a makeshift gathering place to counsel friends and relatives.

It came hours after she visited victims from the fire in hospital today.

Officials said due to the nature of their deaths, it's possible all of the victims of the fire might not be conclusively identified.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", she said in a message marking the event. In recent years, London's skyrocketing home prices and housing shortage have left residents struggling. "Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence". "Nothing was done to improve fire-proofing standards, The Telegraph writes, while also citing changes in laws, risky cladding, no government reviews, and even missing sprinklers to try and explain the tragedy".

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building's exterior during a renovation past year was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add insulation to ageing concrete and steel structures.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.



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