Adele visits London firefighters after tower block blaze

Britain sombre but steadfast amid turmoil, says Queen

She said firefighters did not know "why the fire spread in that absolutely unusual and extraordinary way".

Adele has already been showing her support for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, arriving at the scene soon after the blaze had been controlled.

She added: "There are people in there, obviously, who have been subject to a very intense fire, and that will make some of the identification very hard, which is why it's even more important that we make sure we do this in a measured, careful and very well managed way".

"I went to help and we were helpless", he told The Observer. See more in the video below.

A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade's logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words "We tried, we're sorry" scrawled on it.

One of the ironies, and an additional pressure point for the prime minister as she tries to redeem her sullied reputation, is that former housing minister Gavin Barwell, who seems to have ignored reports about tower block safety issues, now sits at the centre of Number 10 as May's chief of staff.

"I believe there are 79 people that are either dead, or missing, and sadly I have to presume are dead", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

"Whilst it will look at the how, perhaps more importantly, it will also look at why this happened", Cundy said.

Downing Street confirmed that several London boroughs had come together in a Gold Command structure to co-ordinate assistance to those affected by the disaster. She met with victims and offered her support to those affected.

However, May did not support a proposal put forward by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, to seize unoccupied properties to re-house survivors of the fire, the spokeswoman said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to councils and housing associations throughout the country, asking them to check by the end of yesterday whether tower blocks in their areas have been cladded using similar materials to those at the Grenfell Tower.

This includes all buildings with "aluminium composite" panels and all buildings over 18m high in a bid to stop other towers being a death trap.

DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes' letter said: "There has been much public concern and comment about potential flaws in the cladding that was on Grenfell Tower".

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